Tillerson, Trump team try to clarify foreign policy after airstrikes

"For his part, Tillerson on Friday said he was disappointed" by Russia's reaction "because it indicates their continued support" for the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

On Sunday, Haley said on NBC's Meet the Press: "In no way do we look at peace happening in that area with Iranian influence".

"Assad now knows there is a red line with regard to the use of chemical weapons".

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran's Hassan Rouhani said in a phone call that aggressive US actions against Syria were not permissible and violated worldwide law, the Kremlin said.

Mr Johnson has scrapped a visit to Russian Federation next week so US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson can go alone and deliver a clear message.

Referring to Russia, Sir Michael wrote: "This latest war crime happened on their watch". He has also said there was no role for Assad in Syria's future.

Fallon went on to say that Assad must search for stability to begin and stated: "Someone who uses barrel bombs and chemicals to kill his own people simply can not be the future leader of Syria".

The general consensus among both parties is that working with the global community in a diplomatic fashion is probably the best strategy in dealing with Assad, but if Trump doesn't go before Congress to explain his future plans and chooses to launch another strike at Syria, could this unleash a serious war?

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The two men "condemned the American operation against a Syrian airbase which is an aggression against an independent country", Iran's state news agency IRNA said.

But what many found puzzling was that the attack on Idlib was different only in degree from what Assad's regime has been doing, with some consistency, for years.

The move immediately prompted a backlash from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said it would damage U.S. He later added, "She sounds like Trump making excuses".

"It seems clear that the strikes will complicate our efforts to pursue our counter-ISIS [Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] campaign in Syria", said Matthew Olsen, a former director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

McMaster also made clear that Trump wants a world-wide response to Assad's action that would include Russian Federation and Iran. And the promise of further attacks if chemical weapons are used again is plainly an escalation beyond a one-off "message" strike.

Since then, Mr Tillerson has spoken to Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov who told the American that the U.S. strikes "play into the hands of extremists".

On the other side of the argument was Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, who suggested the United States was trying to shut the Foreign Secretary out of a sensitive process.

"The strike was a message to Bashar al-Assad that your multiple violations of your agreements at the United Nations, your agreements under the chemical weapons charter back in 2013 - that those would not go without a response in the future".

  • Megan Austin