Trump Administration Is Contradicting Itself On Regime Change In Syria

Also on Sunday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said U.S. President Donald Trump was discussing with members of his administration the possibility of sanctioning Russian Federation and Iran for supporting the Syrian government. Trump is weighing next steps after ordering airstrikes last week.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday", McMaster said Trump was seeking a "political solution" for a regime change in Syria.

"We're not saying that we're the ones who are going to effect that change", McMaster said.

"What we are saying is other countries have to ask themselves some hard questions". Russian Federation should ask themselves. He went on to say that the Syrian people would determine the future of Assad.

"Right now, I think everyone in the world sees Russian Federation as part of the problem", McMaster said.

The Trump administration may have deterred Syria from using chemical weapons in Idlib, but that is only one of the cruel and indiscriminate tools Assad is using to terrorize the population, and his determination to take back Idlib persists. She referred to getting Assad out as a "priority", and said "we don't see a peaceful Syria with Assad in there". Instead, Tillerson said that defeating the Islamic State remained the first priority.

Tillerson noted other instances when Syrian forces deployed chemical weapons, and other attacks on civilians involving barrel bombs and conventional weapons.

"Once the ISIS threat has been reduced or eliminated", Tillerson said, "I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria". "Bright lines, derived from clear interests and enforced well, are generally best, and I don't think Donald Trump likes to be constrained by bright lines".

Only a week earlier, Tillerson had alarmed USA allies by indicating the US was no longer interested in pushing for Assad's removal from power. This is the result of the Assad regime's years-long strategy to assemble all his enemies - including US -backed rebels and Islamic jihadists - in one place.

In the aftermath of the missile strike, the White House seemed to characterize the military action as a one-time proportional response, but it marked a significant escalation of the United State's involvement in Syria and a sharp abandonment of the isolationist dogma Trump pitched on the campaign trail.

Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond said the decision had left Johnson looking "daft". Lindsey Graham to describe a new Trump approach.

"There is no such thing as Assad yes, but ISIS no", Rubio said. "We haven't had one for six years during the Obama administration, and 400,000 civilians have died and millions of people have been displaced internally and externally in Europe and elsewhere". Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It's also to get out the Iranian influence, which we think is causing so much friction and worse issues in the area. Does the war on ISIS get thrown on the back-burner as the United States enters yet another war in the Middle East? Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on NBC's "Meet the Press". The most immediate ones swirl around a scenario in which Assad uses chemical weapons again in the future - potentially many times. "It was proportional, it was directly related to the chemical weapons attack", he said.

A senior official told reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon that "we have no knowledge of Russian involvement in this attack, but we will investigate any information that might lead us in that direction".

Russian officials have launched a scathing attack on the United Kingdom over Boris Johnson's decision to cancel an upcoming trip to Moscow due to increased tensions about Syria, threatening to bring relations to a new low.

Tillerson suggested that, in propping up the Syrian president, Russian Federation bears at least partial responsibility for last week's chemical attack on villagers in Idlib province. And over the weekend, the prime minister of Russia, Medvedev, wrote, the, quote, "on the verge of a military clash with Russia".

Tillerson said defeating the Islamic State group remains the top focus.

He pointed to Libya's instability after the U.S. led a military intervention in the country in 2011 as a cautionary tale. "The first priority for them was to cover for Assad".

Haley said the US took a "moderate approach" but is capable of doing much more.

  • Larry Hoffman