Trump advisers: USA seeks to fight IS and oust Syria's Assad

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"It is in our vital national security interest to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons".

On Friday, senior USA military officials said a drone belonging to either Russian Federation or Syria was seen hovering over the site of the chemical weapons attack after the assault earlier this week.

A source close to the former American diplomat told Politico that Kerry, a longtime proponent of military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is "gratified to see that it happened quickly".

Assad's office said Syria would strike its enemies harder.

"Russia. are very closely allied with Syria and. have their own military operating [on] the ground there", the congresswoman said, "and when you consider the consequences of that, the United States and Russian Federation being the two nuclear powers in the world, it should be a cause of great concern for everyone".

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara sees the USA intervention in Syria as appropriate but not enough. Xi also recognized North Korea's nuclear capabilities have reached a "very serious stage of advancement, " the secretary of state said Friday, Reuters reported.

Haley, who has appeared to be the most outspoken representative of President Donald Trump's administration in the days since Tuesday's chemical weapons attack in a rebel-controlled portion of Syria, said the launch of 59 Tomahawk missiles was "fully justified".

The strike marks a complete reversal by Trump, who in September of 2013, sent a message by social media to then US president Obama. "Now, we are not saying that we are the ones who are going to effect that change".

But there was widespread praise from other nations, including Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which support the Syrian opposition. "Vladimir Putin and Hasan Rouhani spoke in favor of an objective, unbiased investigation of all the circumstances of the chemical weapons incident on April 4 in the Syrian province of Idlib". France, Italy and Israel also welcomed the strikes.

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The decision undercut another campaign promise for Trump: his pledge to try to warm relations with Moscow. "I think this was actually a big moment".

Democrats were muted in their response. Sen.

In Florida with the president, meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said: "We will be announcing additional sanctions on Syria as part of our ongoing effort to stop this type of activity and emphasize how significant we view this".

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Syrian army jets had taken off from the base to carry out strikes on rebel-held areas near Homs.

The U.S. assault marked a striking reversal for Trump, who warned as a candidate against the U.S. being pulled into the Syrian civil war that began six years ago.

Assad is known to have previously used chemical weapons against his own people, however, he was supposed to have given up his stockpiles under a 2013 agreement facilitated by Russian Federation.

"Either Russia has been complicit or Russia has been simply incompetent in its ability to deliver on its end of the agreement, " Tillerson said. There was no comment from Russian Federation or Iran about the statement.

White House officials said Trump's actions sent a clear message to Assad, though they continued to avoid explicitly calling for him to leave office.

"The president believes that the Syrian government, the Assad regime, should at the minimum agree to abide by the agreements they made to not use chemical weapons", Spicer said when asked if Assad should step down.

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