Time to re-think support to Syrian regime: United States warns Russian Federation
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 06, 2017,
Apr 06, 2017, 8:54
I will tell you, it's already happened, that my attitude towards Syria and Assad has changed very much. "When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies with a chemical gas that is so lethal that people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many lines beyond the red line".
On day 76 of his tenure, Trump continued to blame his predecessor for problems in Syria but said that regardless of how the situation got to this point, he accepts responsibility for dealing with it.
Standing alongside Jordan's King Abdullah II at a news conference, Trump appeared to adopt the first part of Obama's stance - that chemical weapons use is intolerable - while stopping short of saying what might come next. Trump can not escape a full share of that responsibility.
"No doubt with all the challenges that we face in the world, the role of the U.S.is key to all the issues that we have around the world".
The red line, of course, was a reference to former president Barack Obama's ultimately abandoned Syrian policy - in which USA ground troops were supposed to have been sent in the aftermath of a chemical weapons attack in 2013.
Nikki Haley, the United States' Ambassador to the United Nations, shows pictures of Syrian victims of chemical attacks as she addresses a meeting of the Security Council.
With diplomacy having failed, one option for the U.S.is direct military intervention against the Syrian regime, says CBS News correspondent Holly Williams.
On Tuesday, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said he was certain that Assad's regime had been "encouraged to know that the United States is withdrawing" from the conflict. The U.S. has provided ammunition and weapons to some groups - and others have been labeled terrorist groups.
His remarks came after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Russian Federation needed to "think carefully about their continued support for the Assad regime", as he warned America was in "no doubt" that the embattled Syrian government was responsible for the attack.
August 31, 2013: Obama says he will go to Congress for authorization to carry out punitive strikes against the Syrian government, but appears to lack the necessary support in the legislature. "Whatever we do, however important the fight against Daesh may be, for us as Germans it's crystal clear there can not exist any cooperation with those who are responsible for these war crimes", he said, using the Arabic-language acronym for the so-called "Islamic State" (IS) militant group.
Victims show signs of suffocation, convulsions, foaming at the mouth, and pupil constriction.
The strongest indication that the US might act came at the United Nations, where U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley held up photos of the attack's victims in an emotional plea to the Security Council to intervene.
Rubio said he does "not believe it is coincidental" that the attack followed such comments.
"All the evidence I have seen suggests that it was the Assad regime who did it, in full knowledge they were using illegal weapons in a barbaric attack on their own people", Johnson said. Like Trump, she did not elaborate what it would look like if the USA follows through on the threat to intervene. Instead, the USA and Russian Federation reached an agreement to eliminate Syria's chemical weapon supplies. The claim was disputed by some chemical weapons experts, who said it would be impossible for sarin to spread after such a bombing.
But he placed the blame squarely on Assad's forces. It found two instances where regime forces had used chlorine as a chemical weapon, and one where ISIS had used mustard gas between 2014 and 2015.
Rycroft said the Russian and Chinese vetoes in February sent Assad a message of encouragement and Tuesday's attack was "the outcome".