USA signals more sanctions on Syria following missile strikes

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 18, 2017

"Why would we take the word of terrorists about the gas attack when killing innocent civilians is what they engage in, not President Assad", said Sen.

"There's not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime", Haley told "State of the Union" anchor Jake Tapper.

In Saudi Arabia, the official Saudi Press Agency reported that U.S. President Donald Trump has spoken by telephone with King Salman about the U.S. missile strike on Syria.

Continuing to pressure Russian Federation as a patron of Assad's regime, Haley said the USA would hold Russian Federation accountable for continued violence against civilians by Assad's regime and seemed to reverse the administration's earlier stance that regime change in Syria was not a goal of the US government.

Boris Johnson, who was set to travel on Monday, said the situation had changed "fundamentally" and his priority was to continue contact with the United States to provide global support for a ceasefire. We're not going to have you cover for this regime anymore.

"You know, the interesting thing, Chuck, is, when this chemical weapons murder happened to so many people, Russia's reaction was not, 'Oh, how terrible, ' or, 'How could they do this to innocent children, ' or, 'How very bad is that?' Their initial reaction was, 'Assad didn't do it".

Protesters shout slogans during a rally against the US missile strikes in Syria, Friday, in NY.

The two leaders also called for an objective investigation into an incident involving chemical weapons in Syria's Idlib and said they were ready to deepen cooperation to fight terrorism, the Kremlin said in a statement on its website.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has cancelled a scheduled visit to Moscow next week, his office announced on Saturday, saying "developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally".

"You tell the Russians, 'If you continue to bomb the people we train, we'll shoot you down, ' Graham said".

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said defeating Islamic State was a higher priority than persuading Assad to step down.

She added that preventing the use of chemical weapons and their proliferation is "our vital national security interest".

Trump ordered the missile strikes on the Syrian air base after blaming Assad for the chemical weapons attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests - which erupted as part of the Arab Spring uprisings - with unexpected ferocity.

The missile strikes catapulted Washington into confrontation with Russian Federation, which has advisers on the ground aiding its close ally Assad.

Saudi Arabia said the missile launch by Trump was the right response to "the crimes of this regime to its people in light of the failure of the worldwide community to stop it".

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