Tillerson: Russia 'failure allowed Syria chemical attack'

Laura Christensen
April 19, 2017

The Senate's No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, says Trump's move sends a strong message to rogue nations, and agrees that the USA needs a broader strategy.

He suggested the missile strike was only a good start because it didn't stop the Syrians from using the airbase that was the target of us cruise missiles just hours after the attack.

"Well, I think what the president did was an excellent first step, and it was a reversal of the last eight years", McCain said.

"Rest assured that we will liberate Syria from all kinds of occupying forces, it does not matter from where they came to the occupied part of Syria", the statement warned.

Haley told CNN in an interview that Trump and his administration were shown classified information proving that Syrian President Bashar Assad had been involved in the alleged chemical attack against civilians in Syria's Idlib.

When asked about Washington's anti-Russia sanctions, the US Secretary of State said "there is no reason to be lifting sanctions".

Members of Trump's administration have hinted that the U.S.is not done intervening in Syria.

. Still, Haley said the USA didn't see a peaceful future for Syria with Assad in power.

Meanwhile, Russia and Iran, President Assad's key military backers, are threatening retaliation if there are any further American air strikes and the task of breaking the present deadlocks over Syria remains enormous.

Rock Hall 2017 class includes Pearl Jam, Tupac and Journey
Fox , who turned to the song for inspiration during his fight with Parkinson's disease) and then finally 1995's " Better Man ". Perry thanked all bandmates, including current vocalist Arnel Pineda and then the fans.


Several lawmakers said Sunday that decision shouldn't entirely be up to Trump.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, praised Trump's initial missile strike for sending a message to Assad, Russia, Iran and North Korea that "there's a new administration in charge".

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani said American military intervention was a "violation of global law" during telephone talks backing the Syrian regime.

WALLACE: So, there is a possibility that President Trump, you are saying - leaving it wide open that he will act against President Assad if he goes against civilians no matter what weapon he uses? And I believe that the United States of America can address both at the same time.

"I think the president has authorization to use force", he said. "Assad signed the chemical weapons treaty ban".

Mr Tillerson is set to meet his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, this week in Moscow. 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.

"The aggression against Syria oversteps all red lines", said a statement published by Al-Watan, a newspaper close to Assad's government.

Other reports by My Hot News

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER