Trump's Line on Syria

Ray Weaver
April 14, 2017

The G7 foreign ministers, led by Boris Johnson and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, are reportedly ready to offer Moscow the chance to rejoin the G8 if it complies with the demand.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned Friday that the United States "is prepared to do more" in response to Syria's use of chemical weapons and delivered a sharp rebuke to Russian Federation for its support of the Syrian regime. "Russia and Iran will not allow America to dominate the world".

And a joint operations centre in Damascus that includes Iran, Russia and Lebanon-based Hezbollah militants threatened reprisals. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called al-Assad to reaffirm his support for the Syrian leader in the wake of the US strike, Rouhani's office said April 9.

Haley also reiterated her warning at the United Nations the day after the U.S. strike.

U.S. officials have said the Pentagon is looking for any evidence that the Russian government knew about or was complicit in Tuesday's chemical attack.

Trump launching an airstrike against Syria on Thursday in response to the chemical attack "was an excellent first step", he added.

Tillerson stopped short of accusing the Russians of complicity.

According to the Mail Online, Trump clearly said he would do it again after unleashing a surprise attack on the Syrian regime.

"Absolutely they're complicit", Schiff told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos. They're saying by covering for Assad that they knew that it was there, or they were incompetent by having chemical weapons there in the first place.

But Haley reiterated her statements about further actions in Syria in her interview with Tapper.
"The president will make whatever decision he thinks is in the best interest of the American people".

He said he will call on Russian Federation "to fulfill the obligation it made to the global community when it agreed to be the guarantor of the elimination of the chemical weapons".

It wasn't clear where the strikes were launched from, but he Syrian air force resumed flight operations at the base that the U.S. had struck Friday, two pro-regime media outlets and an opposition group said Saturday.

"Every time Assad has crossed the line of human decency, Russian Federation has stood beside him", Haley told the council.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, said removing Assad from power would require the United States to commit thousands more troops to the country to create safe-haven areas for the opposition to regroup, retrain and ultimately take control of the country.

Haley disagreed, telling Tapper that the U.S. government has evidence.

"Presidents before and President Trump agreed this is unacceptable, that what must happen is the denuclearization of the peninsula", McMaster said. "So the president has asked us to be prepared to give him a full range of options to remove that threat to the American people and our allies and partners in that region".

The latest attacks follow a strike early Friday by the United States on a Syrian airbase. The president said he acted "to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons".

When former President Barack Obama weighed possible military action in Syria after Assad's 2013 use of chemical weapons, poll numbers swung the other way: nearly 6 in 10 Americans opposed missile strikes, per an ABC News/Washington Post poll released September 3, 2013.

While he did not rule out the future use of military force, Tillerson said the USA administration was mindful of "the lessons of what went wrong in Libya when you choose that pathway of regime change".

Tillerson was a prominent fixture during the most important foreign policy period in Trump's young presidency: a two-day summit with Chinese President Xi that coincided with the strikes against Syria.

"It's very hard to understand how a political solution could result from the continuation of the Assad regime", McMaster said on "Fox News Sunday".

"If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will", Trump told The Financial Times on April 2.

Other reports by Insurance News

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