The Trump administration may be gearing up for another military strike against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military.
“The goal is at this point not just to send Assad a message, but to send Russian Federation and Iran a message”, Haley told a House panel.
Trump accepted the invitation from French president Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday and “looks forward to reaffirming America’s strong ties of friendship with France“.
The U.S. had recently seen activity at Shayrat airfield, the same base targeted by a unilateral U.S. cruise missile strike on April 6, officials said.
White House officials say there were consultations, but key officials who help make Middle East policy at the Pentagon and the State Department had no idea the statement was coming, multiple USA officials told NBC News.
US Senator Bob Corker, Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the concerns about preparations for a chemical weapons attack were authentic.
The overnight White House threat caught many in Trump’s own administration by surprise.
The State Department officials weren’t authorized to discuss national security planning publicly and requested anonymity. “Anonymous leaks to the contrary are false”. A senior Russian lawmaker accused the US of “provocation”.
The U.S. -French relationship under Trump has been called into question after the president criticized France’s handling of terrorism.
“Haley has said that Damascus, Moscow and Tehran would be found guilty of “any use of chemical weapons in Syria“.
“I think that Assad’s chemical program goes far beyond one airfield”, he said. Russia’s Defense Ministry said the toxic agents were released when a Syrian airstrike hit a rebel chemical weapons arsenal and munitions factory.
Washington s warning to Damascus – which prompted criticism from regime allies Russian Federation and Iran – coincided with a wave of US-led coalition air strikes that killed almost 60 people at a Syrian prison run by the Islamic State group. “There will be another round of out-of-limit politization of the issue in the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague and the UN Security Council in NY with initiatives of sanctions decisions and resolutions against Syria’s legitimate authorities”.