Iran's President Hassan Rouhani Wants Chemical Attack In Syria Investigated
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 21:56
"And we're not going to allow things like this to happen to innocent people, '" Haley said. In the absence of answers, other countries seem to be moving ahead on their own terms.
US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has also said that Washington would announce additional sanctions on Syria in the near future.
Trump ordered a cruise missile strike on Syria's Shayrat air base last week in response to what his administration and USA allies say was a poison gas attack by Syria's military in which scores of civilians, including many children, died.
The statement reportedly said: "America knows very well our ability and capabilities to respond well to them".
Tillerson spent the morning at a WWII ceremony at the site of a Nazi massacre in Sant'Anna di Stazzema near Lucca.
In typical Trump fashion, the missile strike was a big showy empty gesture that was meant to get the president some good press. In fact, in 2013 after Assad used chemical weapons against his own population, Trump said on Twitter that it was foolish for the USA to get involved in the conflict.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) and Italy's Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano arrive to attend a ceremony at the Sant'Anna di Stazzema memorial April 10 in Italy. Officials said a drone belonging to either Russian Federation or Syria was seen hovering over the site after the assault earlier this week.
4pm ET: Trump convenes final meeting with principle national security team including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser General H.R. McMaster in Palm Beach, Florida.
If Mr Tillerson thinks he can weaken Moscow's support for President Assad, he may need to re-think, our correspondent says, adding that the Syrian president is Russia's key military ally in the Middle East.
Despite Trump's "America First" campaign rhetoric and his 2013 warnings to Obama, Trump hesitates to ever appear weak, and Assad's attack on Tuesday violates a deal struck under the Obama administration in which Assad agreed to remove his stockpile of chemical weapons.
Up until the chemical attack, Trump had said Washington would no longer act as the world's guardian, especially if it was not in the interest of the United States. "First and foremost the President believes that the Syrian government [and the] Assad regime should abide by the agreement they made not to use chemical weapons", Spicer said. "Because any change as. any change can be perceived as something which is done under the US pressure", said the Russian International Affairs Council's Andrei Kortunov. It said the outcome of the discussions is important not only for the U.S.
Yet after Trump's retaliatory strike, the position became less clear.
Tillerson's Moscow meetings, say analysts, could set the tone for U.S. -Russia relations.
Another unanswered question: Did Trump's strike set a precedent that any chemical attack will trigger a USA response?
He didn't rule out further sanctions against Russian Federation. There's less certainty about what comes now.
At least one woman was killed and three other people were injured in Saturday's strikes in Khan Sheikhoun, two activists in the town said. He will look to gauge Russia's willingness to work together to fight Islamic State and rein in Assad, whom Moscow supports.
"The Prime Minister and President also stressed the importance of the global community, including China, putting pressure on North Korea to constrain the threat it poses", the spokesperson said.
Yet it's unclear why rebel groups would agree to cease-fires with Assad, who would protect the zones, and how. New York Magazine reported that Kushner argued that Trump needed to push the Assad regime.