U.S. open to further action on Syria, warns White House
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 21:38
Spicer appeared to draw a new red line for the Trump administration when he told reporters Monday that if a country gases a baby or puts "a barrel bomb into innocent people, I think you will see a response from this president".
"There's always going to be a healthy debate internally on a variety of policy issues among the Cabinet, among the staff, to make sure the president sees every option that's available, every opinion that he should weigh and counter before he makes a final decision", Spicer said Monday.
US President Donald Trump's meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Florida last week was "unbelievably helpful" and "productive", the White House said today.
The US said barrel bombs of Assad's forces could be one of the military actions in Syria that could potentially prompt a US response.
Mr Spicer attempted to smooth over the discord on Monday, telling reporters the statements were "are not mutually exclusive". Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that the USA feels confident Syrian President Bashar Assad's government was behind the attack and that sarin gas was apparently used.
The US attack on Syria came after a suspected chemical attack had killed at least 86 people, including 27 children, in Idlib's rebel-held Khan Sheikhoun last week, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The strong rhetoric comes just days after Russian Federation and Iran warned the United States they would "respond with force" if their own "red lines" were crossed in Syria.
Asked to define the "Trump Doctrine" on foreign policy, Mr Spicer repeated a familiar phrase: "America first". "I think not just Syria but the world saw last week is a president that is going to act decisively and proportionately and with justification when it comes to actions like that", the press secretary explained.
"Mattis called Friday's strike a "measured response" to the government's use of chemical weapons".
President Donald Trump's national security adviser is calling on Russian Federation to re-evaluate its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, leaving open the possibility of additional us military action against Syria.