Treasury secretary: Syria sanctions coming soon

The United States will announce sanctions “in the near future” against Syria after the war-torn nation’s ruling regime used chemical weapons on civilians this week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday.

Joined by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a briefing with reporters at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, Mnuchin said the U.S. would sanction Syria “to stop this type of activity," according to a pool report and multiple media reports.

Mnuchin did not give details about the sanctions under consideration. That step would follow Trump’s order of a military airstrike Thursday, and the moves aim to send a message to Syrian President Bashar Assad that the United States will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons on civilians.

Trump’s strike targeted the airfield where the United States believes the chemical weapons attack originated. The Syrian government’s attack killed more than 70 people, including children.

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