Former US ambassador to Syria predicts more chemical attacks

President Trump waits to greet Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen outside the West Wing of the White House on March 30. Trump's approach to foreign policy has changed since he has taken office

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley on Sunday said there was a key difference in Trump's earlier opposition to taking action: He wasn't in charge.

The United States and Britain kave stepped up pressure on Russian Federation to rein in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as Damascus's allies vowed to respond to any "aggression" against Syria.

President Donald Trump on Thursday approved a military strike against a Syrian air field in the wake of an apparent chemical weapons attack in Syria that killed dozens of civilians.

"That deal must lead to a representative government in which Assad will play no part". Mevlut Cavusoglu said Saturday that the US intervention was only "cosmetic" unless it removes Assad from power. "That is why we are here to work all together for peace and liberty". "We targeted fuel reserves, aircraft, and did not target chemical weapons storages", he said. Spokesman Sean Spicer said the missile attack sent a clear message to Assad, but he avoided explicitly calling for the Syrian to leave office.

But speaking on ABC News's "This Week", Tillerson emphasized that the Syrian people would eventually decide Assad's fate.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran's Hassan Rouhani said in a phone call that aggressive USA actions against Syria were not permissible and violated global law, the Kremlin said on Sunday.

Tillerson said defeating the Islamic State group remains the top focus.

He challenged Russian Federation publicly in a way Trump appeared to be scrupulously avoiding and said of Assad early Thursday: "It would seem that there would be no role for him to govern the Syrian people". Speaking later on ABC News, Sen.

In his first televised interview, H.R. McMaster pointed to dual USA goals of defeating the Islamic State group and removing Assad from power. But there have been repeated allegations of chemical weapons use by the government since then.

In previewing the trip, a senior State Department official said Tillerson will likely push Russian Federation to honor its commitments under agreements reached in Minsk to halt fighting in eastern Ukraine and work toward a peaceful resolution to that conflict. "They're two sides of the same coin".

"I think what the United States and our allies want to do is to enable the Syrian people to make that determination" about Assad, Tillerson told CBS News on Sunday.

"We're hopeful that we can prevent a continuation of the civil war and that we can bring the parties to the table to begin the process of political discussions" between the Assad government and various rebel groups, he said. Tillerson has said the Russians "really need to think carefully about their continued support of the Assad regime".

"Russia should ask themselves, 'What are we doing here?' Why are we supporting this murderous regime that is committing mass murder of its own population and using the most heinous weapons available?'" McMaster said.

Even so, the meeting has helped relieve concerns over the development of trade between the USA and China, Sun said.

"My priority is now to continue contact with the U.S. and others in the run-up to the G7 meeting on 10/11 April - to build co-ordinated global support for a ceasefire on the ground and an intensified political process".

Still, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he believed that Trump didn't need to consult with Congress.

The strike has raised questions about President Trump's broader Syria strategy and whether he will pursue regime change. "That's at least what I've heard".

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