USA ready 'to do more in Syria' after strike

Members of New Jersey's congressional delegation from both parties said Trump was right to stand up to Assad, although they disagreed on the way forward in Syria.

The US today criticised Russian Federation for standing with Syrian President Bashar Al Assad every time he crossed the "line of human decency" and asserted that it was "fully justified" for striking the Syrian airfield from which the chemical attacks were launched.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Friday declined to say whether Donald Trump was still concerned about starting World War III by taking action against the Assad regime in Syria. "The United States took a very measured step last night".

"We are prepared to do more, but we hope that will not be necessary", Nikki Haley told the UN Security Council.

At least 70 people died in what the United States says was a chemical weapons attack in rebel-held Syria.

The attack prompted the United States to fire 59 cruise missiles into a Syrian air base from which it said the attack was launched.

However, praise rang out from several Syrian groups in opposition to Assad, who called for more action.

"Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children", Trump said in a statement following the attack. "Those days are over". The decision to intervene in Syria's brutal six-year war seemed a sharp departure from the "America First" policy outlined by Mr. Trump on Inauguration Day.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an immediate meeting of the UN Security Council and his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, called the United States missile strikes "violations of the norms of worldwide law, and under a far-fetched pretext".

On route to Florida on Thursday, at about 1:30 pm, he spoke through secured video conference with his team and again at 4 pm with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and others in a secure room in Palm Beach.

Assad condemned the USA airstrike as a "reckless and irresponsible act", but it's unclear how his government will choose to respond. "It indicates their continued support for the (Bashar al-) Assad regime and, in particular, their continued support for a regime that carries out these type of horrendous attacks on their own people", Tillerson was quoted as saying by the BBC.

"I find it very disappointing but - sadly, I have to tell you - not all that surprising".

In Washington, a senior USA official said Syria may have had help carrying out the alleged chemical attack, but stopped short of accusing Russian Federation of complicity.

"The only thing we are shaking up is the way Washington operates as we push the president's aggressive agenda forward", she said.

He added that the action is also creating a serious obstacle to the cooperation between Russian Federation and the United States in fighting worldwide terrorism.

Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey all supported Washington, with Ankara also calling for a no-fly zone in Syria.

For Russia, the attack involving 59 Tomahawk missiles finally put to rest expectations from the 2016 U.S. election campaign that Mr Trump will pursue closer ties with Mr Putin.

In a statement, Trump spokeswoman Lindsay Walters dismissed reports of a dysfunctional administration on the verge of a makeover as "a completely false story".

But as Trump spent Wednesday in meetings about the nation's business climate and his infrastructure plan, the images from Syria weighed on him, his aides said.

  • Leroy Wright