Donald Trump: Russia's role in Syria atrocities 'disappointing'

He said the US stood with its global allies "to condemn this horrific attack".

Again, the Damascus attack in 2013 killed upwards of a thousand people, mainly women and children, and Trump couldn't have been clearer at the time about opposing intervention.

"I pray for the victims and their families and appeal to the consciences of those with political responsibilities, both locally and internationally, to end this tragedy and bring relief to the dear people who for too long have been exhausted by war". But early on Wednesday, Russia, a major ally of the Syrian government, alleged a Syrian airstrike hit a rebel arsenal, releasing the toxic agents.

"When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action". If Trump's hoping the United Nations will do something, he's in for hard lesson on how the Security Council works when Russian Federation inevitably exercises its permanent veto against any multilateral action against Syria.

As Trump and other world leaders scrambled for a response, the US was working to lock down details proving Assad's culpability.

Her statement is the most explicit of several possible hints by Trump administration officials that the USA may act against the regime. Russian and US coalition aircraft were not there, the official said. Konashenkov said the factory produced chemical weapons that were used in Iraq.

Obama had put Assad on notice that using chemical weapons would cross a "red line" necessitating a US response, but then failed to follow through, pulling back from planned airstrikes after Congress wouldn't vote to approve them. John McCain (R-Ariz.) slammed the administration for enabling the attack, saying Tuesday Tillerson and Haley's statements "cannot be anything but motivating to Bashar al-Assad".

The political tone of Trump's statement took many US officials by surprise.

Several officials involved in internal administration discussions said Trump's National Security Council had been preparing a different statement, until the president's closest advisers took over the process. The officials weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.

If it is true that Syria is once again using nerve agents, Kaszeta says it would be a huge strike against the global system of treaties and inspections created to prevent the use of chemical weapons.

"Some cases appear to show additional signs consistent with exposure to organophosphorus chemicals, a category of chemicals that includes nerve agents", it added. Rescue workers hosed down the limp bodies of small children, trying to wash away chemicals as people wail and pound on the chests of victims.

As for what Haley said, it's indistinguishable from the public position Obama had staked out as far back as his last State of the Union address to Congress, around the same time Kerry was in Saudi Arabia announcing America's capitulation to Moscow and Tehran.

Haley also admonished Russian Federation, the Assad regime's main sponsor.

For Trump's critics, though, it wasn't enough. Sen.

U.S. President Donald Trump and King Abdullah II of Jordan participate in a joint news conference at the Rose Garden of the White House April 5, 2017 in Washington, DC.

"This was a moment the president could have spoken with moral authority and with the beginning of an outline of a strategy", Casey said.

"We urge Russian Federation to exert much stronger pressure to the regime ..." UN-backed investigations have found Assad's regime was responsible for three previous chemical attacks.

That was seen internationally as a major blow to US credibility and, for Obama's critics, a prime example of weak leadership.

Earlier this year, the New York-based Human Rights Watch accused the Syrian government of mounting eight chlorine gas attacks on insurgent-controlled areas during the final weeks of the battle for Aleppo. The only wrinkle there is that it's Trump's would-be buddy, Vladimir Putin, who brokered that disarmament agreement.

When asked whether the latest attack had crossed a red line of his own, Trump said it had crossed many.

  • Leroy Wright