Nikki Haley Now Says Removing Assad From Power Is A US Priority

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Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara sees the USA intervention in Syria as appropriate but not enough.

Asked about Putin possibly skipping a meeting with Tillerson, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said, "There is a bit of irony that for all of these talks that have been perpetuated about back channels and direct links, that now it's they won't meet with you".

Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano says Europe's broad support for the US military strikes contributed to a "renewed harmony" between the United States and its partners. The official said the U.S.is now convinced Russian Federation controlled the drone.

"We do not have any information that suggests that Russian Federation was part of the military attack undertaken using the chemical weapons", Tillerson said.

A joint command center made up of the forces of Russia, Iran and resistance fighters supporting Syria said the USA strike on a Syrian air base on Friday crossed "red lines" and it would respond to any new aggression and increase its support for its ally. And the Trump administration's nascent Syria policy seems to be increasingly centering on the same tactic Obama unsuccessfully employed: persuading Russia, Assad's staunchest ally, to abandon him. It is the first official trip to Russian Federation by a member of President Donald Trump's Cabinet. The US blames Syria for Tuesday's chemical attack, which left at least 80 people dead and dozens more injured.

Another U.S. official cautioned that no final American determination has been made that Russian Federation knew ahead of time that chemical weapons would be used. In no way do we see peace in that area with Assad as the head of the Syrian government.

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That's according to a letter sent by U.S. President Trump to Congress on Saturday, explaining his reasons for ordering a missile strike on Syria earlier in the week.

"Congress needs to work with the president to try and deal with this long-term strategy, lack of strategy, really, in Syria", he said. "I don't draw conclusions of complicity at all, but clearly they've been incompetent and perhaps they've just simply been out-maneuvered by the Syrians".

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said "terrorists are celebrating" U.S. strikes on a Syrian airbase.

Haley's remarks come just a day after she warned that the United States was prepared to take further actions in Syria during a special session at the UN following a USA military strike against a Syrian air base.

On Sunday, Tillerson emphasized that the administration considers defeating the Sunni militants of Islamic State the most pressing concern in Syria, not ousting Assad.

Any such threat by the G7 nations "brings us to real war" they warned, before questioning the leadership of U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson and Johnson.

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Working people in the US and around the world were understandably horrified by the images of children dying from Sarin gas in Idlib, Syria. It has led a coalition carrying out air strikes against jihadist groups in Syria since 2014 but this is the first time it has targeted government forces.

"We're prepared to do more".

"Returning to pseudo-attempts to resolve the crisis by repeating mantras that Assad must step down can not help sort things out", Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said on Monday.

Tillerson noted other instances when Syrian forces deployed chemical weapons, and other attacks on civilians involving barrel bombs and conventional weapons.

"What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines".

But if Moscow ignores Trump's entreaties or if Assad uses chemical weapons again, bad options await Trump.

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