Russian Federation tensions over Syria will not 'spiral out of control': Mattis

"Given repeated Russian blocking in the United Nations security council, the USA was determined to act", Fallon said, adding President Trump made "the right call by resorting to careful and narrowly focused military action".

Putin's remarks come the same day Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Russian Federation for his first visit since becoming the United States' top diplomat.

"It's important that we keep our priorities straight".

"Once the Isis threat has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilising the situation in Syria", he said. Jake Tapper asked. "Regime change is the policy?"

Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) attacked Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, praised President Donald Trump, and suggested "regime change" in Syria is necessary for success. As for articulating the Trump administration's exact strategic goals in Syria, though, the signals have been mixed, with the secretary of state contradicting other members of the administration, and sometimes himself.

The U.S.is open to authorizing additional strikes on Syria if its government uses chemical weapons again or deploys barrel bombs in the country, the White House said on Monday.

The Senate's No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, says Trump's move sends a strong message to rogue nations, and agrees that the US needs a broader strategy. The former Cold War foes even worked together in 2013 to remove and destroy more than 1300 tons of Syrian chemical weapons and agents.

Team Trump, meanwhile, was still basking in the praise he received from many quarters for the retaliatory attack on the Syrian air base from which the planes carrying chemical weapons were launched.

"Unleashing the horror of chemical weapons on women, children and the defenceless is not only utterly deplorable, but it is the mark of a craven coward".

"It is the right moment to talk about this, how the worldwide community, with Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Europe, with the USA, can drive forward a peace process for Syria and avoid further military escalation of the conflict".

On NBC News' "Meet the Press", Haley said that the strike sent a message to Russian Federation and other countries that support Assad's regime, including Iran.

Until Monday (Tuesday NZT), US officials had said they weren't sure whether Russian Federation or Syria operated the drone.

The President of Turkey said that the use of chemical weapons should not divert the global community's attention from the Syrian regime's violence using regular weapons.

At the same time, Tillerson carries to Moscow the weight of FBI and congressional investigations into Russia's alleged interference in last year's presidential election.

A government source said: "The i mportant thing is that this is Britain helping to influence United States policy on Syria and Russian Federation, far from being a poodle, three months ago Syria wasn't really an issue for them but our push and recent events have made a difference".

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