Russia: No point talking to United Kingdom about Syria

A political solution to the war in Syria is not possible with President Bashar al-Assad in power, the United States ambassador to the UN has said in an apparent hardening of the Trump administration's position.

McMaster told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace the "president acted decisively" and that while the strike wasn't meant to take out all of Syria's capabilities, "it was a strong signal that the us will not stand idly by".

As US secretary of state Rex Tillerson makes the Trump administration's first official trip this week to Russia, Mr McMaster said Russia will have to decide whether it wants to continue backing a "murderous regime".

In an interview with CNN, Haley said the USA administration's priorities in order to end the war in Syria includes defeating the Islamic State group, pushing Iranian influence out of Syria, and the removal of Assad.

"Here's what I think Assad is telling Trump by flying from this base: F-U", Graham said.

Though Haley stopped short of indicating the US would take military action to overthrow the Syrian dictator, her comments reflect a sharp change from the administration's previous position.

"The Syrian government said it had abandoned chemical weapons".

We are working with our parties and allies to magnify the effects of this strike to - and then to build momentum toward ultimately resolving the civil war, defeating ISIS and bringing the peace and security back to this region and to the Syrian people.

"We don't see a peaceful Syria with Assad in there", Haley said on CNN's "State of the Union", referring to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, described regime change in Syria as a U.S. priority and inevitable, while Mr Tillerson suggested that last week's American air strikes in retaliation for the chemical attack had not really changed U.S. priorities toward ousting the Syrian leader.

"Just a one-time deal is not going to be productive", he continued.

At least six people are reported to have been killed in the United States missile strikes early on Friday.

The move immediately prompted a backlash from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said it would damage US-Russian relations.

"We're asking and calling on Bashar al-Assad to cease the use of these weapons".

Russian Sen. Alexey Pushkov said the disappointment was mutual and suggested Tillerson's comments were made to gain leverage in upcoming US-Russia talks. "Once the [IS] threat has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilising the situation in Syria".

Amid rising tensions between Moscow and Washington, Johnson said Saturday the situation in war-torn Syria had "fundamentally" changed following a chemical weapons attack on civilians and the USA airstrikes targeting a military airfield.

  • Leroy Wright