Standing in a cramped conference room alongside national security adviser H.R. McMaster, Tillerson said Moscow had "failed" to live up to its obligations under a 2013 agreement to strip Syria of its chemical weapons stockpiles. "We targeted fuel reserves, aircraft, and did not target chemical weapons storages", he said.
Standing firm, the Trump administration on Friday signaled new sanctions would soon follow the missile attack, and the Pentagon was even probing whether Russian Federation itself was involved in the chemical weapons assault that compelled President Donald Trump to action. But it's only a step. He also said that the Syrian government would be "ill-advised ever again to use chemical weapons".
"Haley indicated in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" that the United States does not see a peaceful political resolution for Syria's civil war as long as Assad remains in power".
In response to the attack, the United States fired cruise missiles at a Syrian air base on April 7, drawing condemnations by Russian Federation and Iran, which have given Assad crucial diplomatic and military support throughout Syria's six-year-long civil war. The Syrian government has denied it was behind the attack. "So that means regime change is now the policy of the Trump administration".
"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.
With US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heading to Moscow later this week, he and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson went to Italy on Monday to gather support from G7 nations for a tougher statement of intent on Syria, with new sanctions on Russian Federation a possibility. The U.S. military action has renewed the world's focus on Assad's fate and on Syria's civil war, now in its seventh year. "I think the president has authorization to use force", he said.
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On Friday, senior USA military officials were looking more closely at possible Russian involvement in the poison attack.
"Those who wanted us meddling in the Middle East voted for other candidates", Ann Coulter, the conservative commentator, wrote on Twitter.
The death toll from the air strikes in Urum al-Joz was expected to rise, said the Observatory, a Britain-based organisation that reports on the war using a network of sources in Syria. "That's a distinct, limited goal".
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". "From now on, we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well", said the statement published by the group on media outlet Ilam al-Harbi.
"There's always a transformation that takes place from a person who wins the presidency, and then once he assumes office he necessarily sees the world from a different perspective", said Edward Djerejian, a former United States ambassador to Syria and Israel who now directs Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.
The officials, who insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the sensitive matter, said they believe the hospital attack may have been an effort to cover up evidence of the earlier assault.