On Monday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said it was "highly likely" that the Russian government was behind the attack that has left Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia critically ill, calling it "an unlawful use of force by the Russian State against the United Kingdom".
But Donald Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders stopped short of saying that Russian Federation was responsible for the incident that left Sergei and Yulia Skripal critically ill.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds a press briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., May 11, 2017.
The White House on Monday denounced the poisoning of a former Russian spy in England with a nerve agent as "an outrage" but did not echo London's charge that Moscow was "highly likely" to be behind the attack.
When Prime Minister Theresa May spoke today, she said it was "highly likely" that the Russian government was responsible for the military-grade nerve agent attack against Skripal and his daughter, who live in the United Kingdom. "The attack was reckless, indiscriminate and irresponsible", President Trump's press secretary, Sarah Sanders, told reporters. "We offer the fullest condemnation".
"They're still working through even some of the details of that".
"Like I just said", Sanders interrupted, repeating herself, "we stand with our ally and we fully support them and are ready if we can be of any assistance". The attack also affected an officer who responded to the scene of the attack. All remain in serious condition. Trump himself has been hesitant to condemn Moscow for its widely accepted role in the hacking of the 2016 USA presidential election, even going so far as to say he "really believe [d]" Russian President Vladimir Putin when the latter claimed his officials were not behind the election interference.