Trump slams Russian Federation for backing 'evil', calls Assad 'an animal'
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 12, 2017,
Apr 12, 2017, 21:58
Over 80 people died in the purported gas attack in the town of Khan Shaykhun in Syria's Idlib province on April 4. The media played up the gruesome sight of babies frothing before their death. Russia, one of the main backers of the Assad regime alongside Iran, condemned the United States strike, denouncing a "flagrant violation of global law and an act of aggression". "Clearly, they have failed in their commitment to the worldwide community".
On Monday, Col. John J. Thomas, a US military spokesman, said the USA has taken extra defensive precautions in Syria in case of possible retaliation against American forces for the cruise missile attack. May and Merkel, in two separate calls with Trump, expressed support for the action of the United States and agreed with Trump on the importance of holding Assad accountable, the White House said.
Mattis alleged that Assad has used chemical weapons several times over the last several years, violated the worldwide law that has prohibited their use since 1925.
On Tuesday he said that "fake chemical attacks" were being prepared in other regions, created to be blamed on the Syrian government.
Syria called the U.S. airstrikes as "blatant aggression" which had made USA a partner of "terrorist groups" including the so-called Islamic State. They endorsed a joint call for Russian Federation to abandon Assad. "But in terms of stopping, the chemical weapons attacks against the people of Syria, I hope it succeeds", he said. But Syria evidently managed to hide some such weapons. "We hope that the Russian government concludes that they have aligned themselves with an unreliable partner in Bashar al-Assad". President Rouhani said it would "bring only destruction and danger to the region and the globe".
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov earlier condemned the strike as an act of aggression against a sovereign state.
"Our policy is consistent and it's formulated exclusively on the basis of worldwide law and not under the impact of current opportunistic motives or false choice: 'You are with us or against us, '" Lavrov told Tillerson. "We must not push Russian Federation into a corner". The Russian military stated that it will aid Syria in bolstering its air defences.
The official said that a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment. "The consequences of this for regional and worldwide stability could be extremely serious".
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also chimed in. Only four other nations now meet the target: Britain, Estonia, Greece and Poland.
Moscow has stood by Assad, saying the poison gas belonged to rebels, an explanation Washington dismisses as beyond credible.
"Returning to pseudo-attempts to resolve the crisis by repeating mantras that Assad must step down can not help sort things out", Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said on Monday. "Or Russia can maintain its alliance" with Syria and Iran.
"The United Kingdom therefore shares the U.S. assessment that it is highly likely that the regime was responsible for a sarin attack on Khan Sheikhoun on April 4", Mr Rycroft said.
"We believe it is fundamentally important not to let these actions happen again". Calling for a United Nations investigation, Putin held to his claim that it was actually Assad opponents who introduced chemical weapons into Syria's harrowing civil war. Trump denied further plans in Syria. "We met over several days and I spoke with some of our allies", he added.
His comments came as Russian Federation accused the U.S. of "primitive and loutish" rhetoric over Syria - minutes before talks began between their top diplomats. And yet today, he has done exactly the opposite. Trump has given up on ending Obamacare, which he had opposed with great vehemence.
National security adviser H.R. McMaster also appeared to call for regime change.
Reluctant to put significant troops on the ground in Syria, the USA for years has struggled to prevent Assad from strengthening his hold on power. Trump is weighing next steps after ordering airstrikes last week. This is Trump's biggest military decision since taking office. "But the rest of the campaign stays on track, exactly as it was before Assad's violation", he said. It survives due to outright Iranian and Russian military support.