A White House spokesman, Ben Rhodes, tells the press that President Obama is considering "taking action against individuals who are responsible for acts of violence within Ukraine.”
“We have a toolkit for doing that that includes sanctions,” Rhodes told the press aboard Air Force One.
Via the pool report:
Jay Carney and Ben Rhodes gaggled on AF One. Transcript is coming soon, but meantime note this:
POTUS is expected to address the violence in Ukraine today, both in private talks with leaders and in brief public comments.
The US will coordinate with the EU over what if any action will be taken, deputy nsa Ben Rhodes said.
The “toolkit,” he said, includes sanctions.
“We have made it clear we would consider taking action against individuals who are responsible for acts of violence within Ukraine,” Rhodes said. “We have a toolkit for doing that that includes sanctions.”
He made the point that they hope to use the threat of sanctions to induce better behavior.
“Events like what we saw yesterday are clearly going to impact our decision making,” Rhodes said. If, on the other hand, the government pulls back, releases prisoners and pursues dialogue with the opposition, “that would obviously factor into our calculus as well.”