Haley: Trump Will 'Do More' In Syria 'If He Needs To'

The United States fired about 60 Tomahawk missiles Thursday night into the government-controlled Shayrat air base in Syria under President Donald Trump's orders.

"What happened, of course, largely sets back our cooperation" on Syria, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov was quoted as saying by Interfax.

In her interview with CNN's "State of the Union", Haley said removing Assad from power was one of a number of priorities for the US.

Iran and Russian Federation have been the key backers of Assad and refer to all Syrian opposition groups as "terrorists".

An aide to Johnson said: "It is a shame the Lib Dems would rather snipe and be silly when the United States and United Kingdom are trying to work on a plan to help the innocent people of Syria and stop a devastating civil war".

Russian Federation tore into the USA, calling the missile strikes on Syrian territory a "flagrant violation of worldwide law and an act of aggression".

Tuesday's attack was the first time since 2013 that Syria was accused of using sarin, a banned nerve agent it was meant to have given up under a Russian-brokered, UN-enforced deal that persuaded Obama to call off air strikes four years ago.

"This aggression will surely send an erroneous message to the terrorist groups, emboldening them to use more chemical weapons in the future", he warned. That country led a purported alliance against ISIL/Daesh, while its real objective was to weaken Syria and its allies, he said.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said defeating Islamic State was a higher priority than persuading Assad to step down. Earlier, U.S. military officials had said they were looking into whether Russian Federation participated, possibly by using a drone to help eliminate evidence afterward.

"Let's think about the possible reasons for Russia's failure".

On Saturday, Russia called on the U.S. to provide evidence for its claim that there were chemical weapons at the site.

"The Russian soldiers on the base where this attack occurred, the Russians intentionally, in my view, left chemical weapons in the hand of Assad, their proxy", Graham continued.

Gen. Igor Konashenkov said they destroyed six Syrian air force MiG-23 fighter jets that were undergoing repairs, but didn't damage other warplanes at the base.

In a letter to Congress on Saturday, Trump said he "acted in the vital national security and foreign policy interests of the United States, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct foreign relations" and as commander in chief and chief executive.

He urged restraint to avoid any escalation of the situation in Syria, after the United States responded militarily to an alleged chemical weapons attack earlier this week.

"It's very hard to understand how a political solution could result from the continuation of the Assad regime", McMaster said on "Fox News Sunday".

"Lavrov stressed that an attack on a country whose government is fighting terrorism only plays into the hands of extremists creates additional threats to regional and global security", the statement said.

A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said any difference in nuance was inadvertent and unintentional, and declined to comment further.

Upon the order, the U.S. military launched 59 Tomahawk missiles against several targets on the airbase in Homs province in the early hours of Friday.

The US provides arms, training and military assistance to what it calls "moderate" Syrian rebel groups.

  • Zachary Reyes