Trump explains military action in Syria to Congress

Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee told CNN's Jake Tapper.

During the visit which is expected to last till Thursday or Friday, Wu will also reportedly meet with presidential candidates here in a bid to win them over to China's emphasis on talks as the resolution of the North Korean issue.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani meanwhile said that "terrorists" were applauding Trump for launching a missile strike on an airbase of his Syrian government ally.

Trump made a statement after the strike and noted that "even handsome babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack".

The sudden flurry of action centering on North Korea comes on the heels of Trump's summit in Florida on Friday with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The Shayrat airfield in Syria on October 7, 2016. "The beginning thinking of the administration around Russian Federation was somewhat unsettling, but you've seen that evolve", he said.

Evidence that the latest chemical attack was orchestrated by opponents of the Assad government includes a message in Arabic posted on social media on April 3-a day before the attack-by an anti-Assad reporter, who spoke of covering attacks in the Hama countryside, including the use of chemical weapons.

Republican Representative Thomas Massie recalled that Mr Trump himself had warned Barack Obama that any unilateral USA attack on Syria would be a "big mistake".

Clearly, Trump has resurrected regime change in Syria but what will come next?

"This is a rogue regime that is now a nuclear-capable regime", he said on "Fox News Sunday". He noted that "the only true protection from conflict is the end of conflict".

If Thursday's strike was a warning to other countries, it was one that Pyongyang, which regularly cites U.S. hostility as the driving force behind its nuclear weapons development, is quite familiar with. Having gotten through the talks without making any major, specific commitments, the Chinese president would seem to have won some ground — or at least some wiggle room — in the Trump talks.

But Tillerson was careful to portray the strike as a carefully calculated move rather than an emotional reaction on behalf of the president.

Assad has used chemical weapons on other occasions in recent years, but this week's attack was the most egregious since the 2013 agreement.

"I think it says a lot about the USA power and preeminent leadership role". He said the most ideal process would be a political solution that leads to a transitional government. In an analysis, Xinhua also said Mr Trump had ordered the strike to distance himself from Syria's backers in Moscow, to overcome accusations that he was "pro-Russia". "I think they will view him with respect".

The Turkish foreign minister, whose country is a strong backer of the Syrian opposition, said the US missile strikes were not enough. "For the peace and stability of the world, we will also fulfill our historical responsibility". "I don't see any upside to it because the idea that we would use a nuclear weapon even against North Korea is highly unlikely". "What Xi wants is the image of a successful summit", he said. But how long will it be before another Russian warplane is shot down or the trigger-happy Trump strikes Russian troops, elevating and intensifying the conflict into a showdown between the USA and Russia?

Mr Tillerson conceded that removing Mr Assad from power could "ultimately" require greater pressure, including military action, from the United States or an worldwide coalition, but he said that is not the preferred choice.

Vershbow sees an opportunity for the U.S. to apply pressure as well.

  • Leroy Wright