Trump security adviser urges Russia to rethink Syria support
- Author: Larry Hoffman Apr 15, 2017,
Apr 15, 2017, 22:52
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 USA military action against Syria.
Allies of Bashar al-Assad's regime rallied around the Syrian strongman and pledged to respond to US "aggression" after the Trump administration bombed a military airfield in retaliation for a poisonous gas attack.
Haley also noted that the United States' first priority is still to defeat ISIS, but that there can be "multiple priorities".
The cabinet minister's intervention comes as the West unleashes a new diplomatic drive on the back of the retaliatory missile strikes launched by Donald Trump's U.S. administration. In no way do we see peace in that area with Assad as the head of the Syrian government.
The statement, released by the Ilam al Harbi (War Media) outlet, apparently mocked former President Obama's warning to Assad in 2012 not to cross a "red line" with his use of chemical weapons or face a military response.
"Regime change is something that we think is going to happen because all of the parties are going to see that Assad is not the leader that needs to be taking place for Syria", Haley told CNN's 'State of the Union".
The comments came as Tillerson makes the Trump administration's first official trip this week to Russian Federation, a staunch Assad ally.
He said Assad and the terror group are connected.
Tillerson said in an appearance on ABC that the U.S.' stance on regime change from before the strike on Syria had not changed.
After the United States launched cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base alleged to have launched a deadly poison gas attack on Syrian civilians, Trump administration officials said they were prepared to take further actions if necessary.
"What we are saying is other countries have to ask themselves some hard questions".
The United States confounded the worldwide community on Thursday night by ordering missile strikes on the Shayrat airfield in Western Syria as a response to last week's chemical attack in a town in the Idlib province of the country.
Russia's government has angrily denounced the missile strike as an act of unwarranted aggression, and denied that Assad's forces carried out the attack with the banned nerve gas sarin. "What we saw was a reaction to the use of chemical weapons, something I think many of us supported", he said.
"You tell the Russians, 'If you continue to bomb the people we train, we'll shoot you down, ' Graham said".
Speaking on CBS's Face The Nation, Tillerson said there was no evidence to suggest Russian Federation was part of the alleged chemical attack.