Minnesota leaders call on Trump to consult Congress on Syria

"Because if you're an adversary of the United States and you don't worry about what Trump may do on any given day then you're insane".

"If he needs to do more, he will do more", Haley said.

Assad shouldn't underestimate Trump, who is the "new sheriff in town", Graham said.

The 59 Tomahawk missiles launched on Friday mark an escalation of USA engagement in Syria that the previous administration tried hard to avoid.

In a phone call with Assad, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the USA strike a "blatant violation" of Syrian sovereignty, Syrian state media reported.

Much of the global community rallied behind Trump's decision to fire the cruise missiles in reaction to this week's chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of men, women and children in Syria.

Meanwhile, Russia responded by suspending communications with the United States on its military operations in the region, which could lead to accidental clashes in the airspace.

Iran is one of the biggest supporters of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Neutral countries should investigate whether a chemical weapon was used, and if used, its source should be found, Rouhani said. U.S. officials noted that the timing of the strike had the possible added benefit of signalling to China that Trump is willing to make good on his threat to act alone to stop North Korea's nuclear pursuits if Beijing doesn't exert more pressure on Pyongyang. The ensuing stand-down, and the subsequent Russian-brokered compromise over chemical weapons, were embarrassing but they also kept the United States safely on the sidelines of another dangerously open-ended Middle East war.

He said the Syrian people will decide Assad's fate, and that defeating the Islamic State is the top US priority.

Syria's government has denied responsibility for any chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun. Reluctant to put significant troops on the ground in Syria, the US for years has struggled to prevent Assad from strengthening his hold on power.

She also said it was time to press on with diplomatic efforts to achieve a political solution to end the war. President Donald Trump ordered the strikes on Syria before dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday, reports Reuters.

"Using chemical weapons is an atrocity", Democratic Sen.

A statement carried on the military media arm of the Hezbollah extremist group condemned the American strike in much stronger language, saying it had "crossed red lines" and vowing to "reply with force" to any future aggression "in a variety of ways". A very small percentage of the people have been slaughtered in Syria have been slaughtered by chemical weapons.

But he suggested that Trump was seeking a global political response for regime change from USA allies as well as Russian Federation, which he said needed to re-evaluate its support of Syria.

The Pentagon was "carefully assessing any information that would implicate the Russians knew or assisted with this Syrian capability", a senior military official told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday.

The two officials agreed to continue the discussion about Syria in person, the statement said.

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