US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in an interview airing Sunday on CNN that until Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is out of power, she doesn’t see a political solution to the conflict in Syria.
Trump has received widespread support for the military action, taken to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government after the USA concluded he used chemical weapons against Syrian civilians.
Following the Tuesday attack, early Friday the USA fired as many as 60 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian military airbase American officials believe was used to carry out the chemical attack.
But his call was wrapped in kind words about the Syrian president and condemnation of the USA strikes carried out on a Syrian airbase on Friday, in retaliation for a chemical attack on civilians in a rebel-held area of Syria.
Earlier on Saturday, British foreign secretary Boris Johnson pulled out of a planned visit to Moscow in the wake of the reported chemical weapons attack by Syrian government forces, saying: “We deplore Russia’s continued defence of the Assad regime”.
“I think what we should do is ask Russia, ‘How could it be, if you have advisers at that airfield, that you didn’t know that the Syrian air force was preparing and executing a mass murder attack with chemical weapons?’ ” H.R. McMaster said in a live morning interview on “Fox News Sunday”.
The Kremlin meanwhile said Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani, his Iranian counterpart, agreed in a telephone call that that United States aggression against Syria was not permissible and violated worldwide law. He said “These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a outcome of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution”.
Haley said that Trump’s administration has “multiple priorities” and “getting Assad out is not the only priority”.
The official also said that the USA bombing was meant to send a message to the Syrian regime that any use of chemical weapon will not be tolerated by the US.
Mr Tillerson said on Sunday that Russia’s inaction had allowed the chemical attack to take place.
McMaster continued, insinuating that he believed Russian Federation had to be knowledgeable of Syria’s plan to launch a chemical attack.
Earlier on Sunday North Korea vowed to boost its defenses following the US strikes in Syria.
NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman said Saturday that “there’s no indication” the Trump administration will take further action against the Assad regime, describing the airstrike as a “narrowly focused mission”.
The United States has conducted air strikes against Islamic State, which controls territory in eastern and northern Syria, and a small number of USA troops are helping rebel militias.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley had a stronger message for Russian Federation last week, saying, “How many children have to die before Russian Federation cares?”
The remarks came as British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson cancelled a trip to Russian Federation citing a fundamental change to the situation in Syria.