White House national security adviser: United States eager for Syrian regime change

If Syria carries out any further chemical attacks, "that is going to be clearly very damaging to US-Russian relations", Tillerson warned. He did not rule out additional strikes if Assad continued to engage in atrocities against rebel forces with either chemical or conventional weapons.

"This is something to let Russian Federation know, you know what?"

"What comes next? I'm glad Trump did this".

Graham may have been blunt, but his sentiment is shared by several of his colleagues and many Americans who are frustrated by the Assad regime's merciless chemical attacks.

Putin's spokesman has said there are no scheduled plans for Putin to meet Tillerson on Wednesday, but Russian media have cited unnamed sources as saying that such a meeting will happen. "He is no longer Obama in the eyes of our enemies but he needs to do more to close the deal", Graham said. Once that threat "has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria", he said.

Thousands of USA troops are already in Syria and Iraq to help regional forces in the fight to defeat ISIS.

Donald Trump's ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said at the weekend that the President's priority was regime change in Syria, but Mr Tillerson said on Saturday the first priority was the defeat of Islamic State.

In his first televised interview, H.R. McMaster pointed to dual US goals of defeating the Islamic State group and removing Assad. "Russia must show the resolve necessary to bring this regime to heel". "We will react firmly to any aggression against Syria and to any infringement of red lines, whoever carries them out".

Russian Federation should end its support for "toxic" Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Monday ahead of a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Italy.

Writing in The Sunday Times, Sir Michael said Russian Federation must be part of the solution to ending the "needless suffering" of Syrian civilians.

Moscow has sought to deflect blame from its long-time ally Assad over the suspected gas incident and says Syrian jets struck a rebel arms depot where "toxic substances" were being put inside bombs.

Many Syrians opposed to Assad's rule consider Lebanon's Hezbollah and Iranian-backed troops as occupiers seeking to drive out mainly Sunni Syrians from the areas they live in.

The Iranian president also slammed the use of chemical weapons in the Arab country, saying reports suggest that terrorists have access to chemical weapons and USA attacks may encourage their further use of such weapons.

MCMASTER: Well, this is part of the problem with Syria is Russia's sponsorship for this murderous regime.

Washington's allies voiced support for the USA action, the first time the United States has intervened directly in Syria's conflict. He did not specify the action.

The G7 foreign ministers, led by Boris Johnson and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, are reportedly ready to offer Moscow the chance to rejoin the G8 if it complies with the demand.

  • Leroy Wright