Tillerson to press Russian Federation on Syrian chemical weapons

He stopped short of accusing Russian Federation of being directly involved in the planning or execution of the attack, saying he had not seen any information to suggest the nation was an accomplice to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Nikki Haley's comments in an interview that was aired on April 9 came as part of an apparent shift in USA policy toward al-Assad's government after the alleged chemical attack last week on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed 87 people, including many children.

But sources insisted he has always believed Assad can not remain in power.

"This is a rogue regime that is now a nuclear-capable regime, and President Xi and President Trump agreed that is unacceptable, that what must happen is the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", McMaster said.

"What we should do is focus on ISIS".

Some Labour MPs in the West Midlands have defied party leader Jeremy Corbyn by backing the U.S. missile strikes in Syria.

Fallon, who was informed of the USA decision to strike Syria by his U.S. counterpart James "mad-dog" Mattis, praised Trump's decisive action to take the Airbase out.

MARTIN: Now, here I'm asking you to speculate, but can I ask you if you think that there might actually be such a takeaway from the Wednesday meeting?

"In no way do we see peace in that area with Assad as the head of the Syrian government", Haley told NBC's "Meet the Press".

However, he stopped short of accusing Russian Federation of being directly involved in the planning or execution of the attack, saying he had not seen "any hard evidence" to suggest the country was an accomplice to Mr Assad. "Russia should ask themselves, 'What are we doing here?"

Mr McMaster said Moscow was supporting "a murderous regime" and its actions would dictate the future of US-Russian relations.

United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley.

"Our priority is first the defeat of ISIS", Tillerson told George Stephanopoulos on ABC.

"I do not believe that the Russians want to have worsening relationships with the United States, but it's going to take a lot of discussion and a lot of dialogue to better understand what is the relationship that Russia wishes to have with the United States". And I would say that three-and-a-half years is a long time.

The contradictory sentiments garnered criticism from top lawmakers, who were left to infer which policymaker represented the president's thinking.

In an interview to air Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation", Tillerson said Russians were not targeted by the strikes. "They're two sides of the same coin".

On the ground, it pits an array of rebel groups against the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"It means doing in Syria what we did in Iraq in removing Saddam Hussein", Markey said. "I don't think there's any appetite in the United States for a massive additional military presence, with young men and women actually in combat situations being introduced".

The contradictions represent the diverging foreign policy power structures that have emerged within the Trump administration.

But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has claimed that Trump could be about to ignore these threats and return to the offensive.

  • Leroy Wright