Assad could see USA strike as just a 'slap on the wrist'

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13 April, 2017

"It's very hard to understand how a political solution could result from the continuation from the Assad regime", McMaster said on "Fox News Sunday". Still, Haley said the US didn't see a peaceful future for Syria with Assad in power.

The Syrian foreign minister denied the government's involvement in the Idlib incident, saying it had never nor would it ever use chemical weapons on either civilians or terrorists operating in the country.

Haley indicated in an interview on CNN's State of the Union that the United States did not see a peaceful political resolution for Syria's civil war as long as Assad remained in power.

The strikes this week were a startling reversal from many of Trump's comments as a citizen.

"My priority is now to continue contact with the USA and others in the run up to the G7 meeting on April 10-11", said Johnson in a statement.

Her comments appeared at odds with those of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said the USA missile strike was aimed exclusively at deterring the use of chemical weapons by Assad.

The top USA diplomat insisted he had no concerns about possible Russian retaliation following an unprecedented USA strike on a Syrian airfield this week.

"There seems to be a difference between what Ambassador Haley is saying, and what she said last night that Assad really has no future, and what I heard this morning from Secretary Tillerson".

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McMaster also made clear that Trump wants a world-wide response to Assad's action that would include Russian Federation and Iran. Pressed to clarify Sunday, National Security Adviser Lt.

"It's time for Russian Federation to be part of the solution and engage constructively with the UN-mediated peace talks". The missile strikes catapulted Washington into confrontation with Russian Federation, which has advisers on the ground aiding its close ally Assad. "Assad must go and the search for stability, to begin".

The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says Trump's decision was a "reaction" to Syria's use of chemical weapons. Sen.

American and Russian officials traded barbs over the increasingly tense situation in Syria on Tuesday, with Russian President Vladimir Putin claiming the US would fake the additional use of chemical weapons to justify further military action and the White House sharing intelligence that the Kremlin was trying to "cover up" last week's chemical attack.

After previous gas attacks in Syria which the West blamed on the Assad regime, Mr Putin made a deal with former-President Barack Obama to scrap Syria's arsenal of deadly chemical weapons.

Mr Tillerson is expected in Moscow this week for talks with Russian officials.

The strikes resulted in the death of a woman, and three other people were reportedly wounded in Saturday's attack, two activists in Khan Sheikhoun said.

When asked how he felt when Obama failed to make good on his "red line" policy - where Obama promised in 2012 military action against the Assad regime if they used chemical weapons against their own people - Hassoun said he was "so sad".


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