US President Donald Trump seeks options to eliminate North Korea's nuclear threat

The airstrikes, announced shortly after Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up dinner at a two-day summit in Florida last week, were retaliation against Syrian President Bashar Assad for a chemical weapons attack against civilians caught up in his country's long civil war. "I like to think of myself as a very flexible person", he told reporters last week, the Times reports.

In a tweet on Saturday, Trump wrote of the meeting: "goodwill and friendship was formed, but only time will tell on trade".

President Donald Trump, fresh from a missile strike on Syria that was widely interpreted as putting Pyongyang on warning, has asked to be provided with a range of options for eliminating the North's nuclear capabilities.

China's leaders in fact have always been concerned about the yawning United States trade deficit with their country, $347 billion in 2016.

Securing a Russian commitment on eliminating President Assad's chemical weapons is likely to be first on his agenda, said Evelyn Farkas, a former deputy assistant secretary of defence in the Obama administration.

For someone who spent an bad lot of time campaigning on the idea that the United States was finally going to be better than China (whatever that means) under his leadership, it doesn't seem like Trump's first meeting with Xi went all that well for him.

Trump had also come into the talks hoping to use the trade issue as leverage to get China to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons programme.

The top American diplomat also said that the United States is prepared to chart "our own course if this is something China is just unable to coordinate with us", echoing Trump's repeated warning that the United States will take on the North on its own unless China helps rein in the North.

During the get-to-know you meeting at Trump's private Florida resort, the two leaders had good "biochemistry", but the United States will see within 100 days whether "we are on the same wavelength", Ross said.

The two leaders did not hold a joint press conference or sign a joint communiqué, mainly due to the need for more detailed examination of areas of conflict and cooperation.

USA destroyers the USS Porter and USS Ross, from the eastern Mediterranean, fired 59 Tomahawk missiles into a Syrian military airfield in response to the chemical bombing attack on citizens in Syria's Idlib province.

Xi thanked Trump for his hospitality and said the meeting had served the goal of advancing the US-China relationship. That could indicate that the relationship between the two countries remains stable, despite Trump's fiery accusations during his campaign, and afterward, that China has stolen USA manufacturing jobs.

"I will be meeting with senior members of the coalition again in the coming weeks and we will expect to discuss these activities further, ' she told ABC TV".

Xi also invited Trump to visit China later this year, and Trump accepted the invitation, he said. "All of us are feeling very good about the results of this summit".

The two leaders were later photographed strolling the grounds of Trump's waterfront resort.

"And, indeed, the Chinese, even themselves, have said that they do not believe the conditions are right today to engage in discussions with the government in Pyongyang", Tillerson said.

Trump informed the Chinese leader personally of the strike as the 59 Tomahawk missiles were winding their way to the Shayrat airbase.

Iran and Russian Federation are the closest allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

As if to underline the point, North Korean state media released photos of a smiling Kim inspecting a mushroom farm.

  • Salvatore Jensen