West Risks Receiving Russia's 'Categorical Veto' Over UNSC Resolution on Syria

Instead, the U.S. needed to focus on defeating ISIL and making America great again.

While trying to shift blame to former President Obama, who in 2013 failed to make good on a threat to punish any use of chemical weapons by Syria, Trump finally acknowledged that "the responsibility is now mine". "GETS NOTHING!" read one tweet from that September.

But asked whether he would take new action, Trump remained coy. "To me it starts with a clear USA policy that President Assad has no legitimacy as the leader of Syria and no future as the leader of Syria". The next day, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that "with respect to Assad, there is a political reality that we have to accept in terms of where we are right now". The policy of former U.S. administration headed by Barack Obama, which warned of military operations in Syria in case chemical weapons attacks were carried out, has pushed terrorists to act this way, Russia's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov said at Wednesday's session of the UN Security Council.

U.S. President Donald Trump faulted Obama on Tuesday for failing to enforce the red line.

The United States, Britain and France have proposed a Security Council resolution to condemn the latest chemical weapons attack, and push Syria to provide an worldwide inquiry with flight plans and logs for Tuesday, the names of all helicopter squadron commanders and access to air bases.

The Western trio blame President Bashar al-Assad's forces for the attack, but the Syrian army has denied any involvement.

The US could go forward with the plan to declare and defend safe areas, Serwer said.

He pledged an unspecified amount of "humanitarian assistance" to Jordan to deal with refugees, and he pledged to defeat the Islamic State: "We will destroy ISIS, and we will protect civilization". Abu Hamdu, a senior member of the Syrian Civil Defense in Khan Sheikoun, said his group has recorded 70 deaths. "We want him to pay for the crimes that he's done".

Holding up photos of victims of the attack, Haley accused Russian Federation of blocking action and closing its eyes to the "barbarity" of three previous chemical attacks that investigators blamed on the Syrian government by vetoing a resolution in late February that would have imposed sanctions on those responsible.

Let it be said, discomfiting as it might be to a global élite too easily seduced by the notion that the fictions authored by lawyers have somehow civilised war: As long as there are entities with the industrial capacities needed to produce and disperse chemical and biological agents, these will be used.

The vacuum created by the Obama administration's lack of action in Syria allowed Russian Federation to take control of the conflict.

In an impassioned speech to the UN Security Council on Wednesday, Ms Haley suggested that this could indeed be the path that Washington takes.

"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", said Haley.

Trump's allies will be worrying that the new president may have already wrong-footed himself. "My attitude towards Syria and Assad has changed very much".

However, on Wednesday, he called Assad out, saying, "These heinous actions by the Assad regime can not be tolerated".

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United States intelligence officials, based on a preliminary assessment, think the deaths were most likely caused by sarin nerve gas dropped by Syrian aircraft.

And even if Mr Trump remains intransigent on Syria, his aides may not.

At the Vatican, Pope Francis said during his general audience that he was "watching with horror at the latest events in Syria", and that he "strongly deplored the unacceptable massacre".

  • Leroy Wright