The Hill reports:
President Trump reportedly meant to undo sanctions imposed by his own Treasury Department on two Chinese shipping companies with an abrupt tweet referring to North Korea, but officials convinced him to ease off as they sought to explain away the post.
The administration initially did not specify which sanctions Trump was referring to in a tweet last Friday, but Bloomberg reported Tuesday that there were no additional sanctions on Pyongyang in the works at the time of Trump’s announcement.
The news outlet said that Trump was in fact referring to penalties on Chinese shipping companies, but White House officials convinced him to back off and devised a “cover story” for the president’s tweet.
It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea. I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2019