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20 April 2017, 06:34 | Kelvin Horton
"I think that there will be a lot of answers that come out of that meeting".
Having first carved out an enabling space for jihadists and anti-regime guerrillas, the U.S. and its allies then started aerial bombing to keep the IS under check from September 2014.
While he conceded that removing Assad could "ultimately" require greater pressure, such as military action, he said that the United States was in favour of a "political process that we believe the Syrian people will lawfully be able to decide the fate of Assad".
The comments represented a departure from what Haley said before the U.S. hit a Syrian air base with 59 Tomahawk missiles on Thursday in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack by al-Assad's forces on Syrian civilians.
Moscow has strenuously objected to Trump's decision to launch 59 U.S. Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air base that the U.S. says was used to pummel civilians with nerve gas, resulting in 87 deaths.
"According to the United Nations, the Syrian government does not possess chemical weapons", he said.
"We will act when we need to act", she said.
Haley disagreed, telling Tapper that the United States government has evidence.
Another outcome of Trump's shift on Syria has been a strikingly tougher tone from his administration on Russian Federation.
Trump ordered the missile strikes on Shayrat after rescue workers said at least 100 people were killed and hundreds of others wounded in the chemical strikes at Sheikhoun. "If he needs to do more, he will".
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the USA priority in Syria is defeating Islamic State. "And why Russian Federation has not been able to achieve that is unclear to me". "But clearly they've been incompetent and perhaps they've just simply been outmaneuvered by the Syrians", he said on ABC's "This Week".
Tillerson stopped short of accusing Russian Federation of direct involvement in planning or carrying out the attack, saying he had not seen "any hard evidence" to suggest Moscow was an accomplice to Assad. They say it gives the former real estate mogul breathing room to learn on the job and accept advice from more seasoned advisers.
Tillerson, on the other hand, stressed that the air strike had the limited aim of deterring further use of chemical weapons.
Later on "State of the Union", Massachusetts Democratic Sen.
"Are we going to get involved with Syria?"
"When the Trump administration uses the words regime change, they are talking about a military effort to remove Assad", Markey told Tapper.
"It agreed to be the guarantor of the elimination of the chemical weapons, and why Russian Federation has not been able to achieve that is unclear to me", Tillerson said. "What we saw was a reaction to the use of chemical weapons, something I think many of us supported", he said. "And so we would want to appeal rationally to Russian Federation - this is a great opportunity for the Russian Federation leadership to re-evalute what they're doing".
He likened them to the claims that Saddam Hussein's regime had weapons of mass destruction which premised the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 but which later turned out to be baseless. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in a statement, "Making sure Assad knows that when he commits such despicable atrocities he will pay a price is the right thing to do". The statement was made in the name of a previously unheard of "shared operations room" between Russia, Iran and allied forces.
The Iranian president also slammed the use of chemical weapons in the Arab country, saying reports suggest that terrorists have access to chemical weapons and U.S. attacks may encourage their further use of such weapons. But Poe had a remarkably different view of Syria action in 2013 when he argued the administration didn't have the legal authority to attack Syria.
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