Haley: US locked and loaded if Syria uses gas again

Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl

Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl

There is "no appetite" among the Trans-Pacific Partnership signatories for major renegotiations to accommodate the US, Australia's trade minister said Sunday after President Donald Trump indicated he was considering rejoining the pact.

Middle Eastern affairs expert and KUSI contributor Tony Perry gives his thoughts on the strikes on Syria, if the strikes could take Syrian President Bashar al-Assad out of the chemical weapon business, the United States' objective in Syria, and Russia's response to the missile strikes.

US officials told NBC News at the time that aircraft and infrastructure at the site were hit, including the runway and gas fuel pumps. But they focused on the prospect of an asymmetric retaliation that would rely on Moscow and Tehran's formidable cybercapabilities - one that would be harder for Washington to prepare for, or defend against. He also added, "Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path".

America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria under no circumstances.

Others, however, voiced concern about the decision to launch strikes against Syria.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, commenting after Trump's tweet, said it would be "great" to have the USA back in the pact though doubted it would happen.

"Trump says, "The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep".

The strikes are over for now, but we connect to our Cha Sang-mi who's on the line for the latest on this still fluid situation. Many waved Syrian, Russian and Iranian flags.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said all options remained on the table.

He also assured the nation he did not want to leave the U.S.in Syria indefinitely.




Trump said the strikes would aim to deter chemical weapons use by the Syrian government, a week after a suspected chemical attack outside Damascus left more than 40 people dead.

Russian Federation entered Syria's civil war in 2015 and has backed the Assad regime.

At a Pentagon briefing held an hour after President Trump's announcement, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and U.S. Chief of Staff General Joseph Dunford said the targets included a scientific research center in the Damascus area and a chemical weapons storage facility.

In her own address to the British people, May said diplomatic channels had failed to stop Syria's use of chemical weapons. "Public estimates are as high as 200".

Trump says that last Saturday, Syrian President Bashar Assad deployed chemical weapons in what was a "significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very awful regime".

"Our president has not yet made a decision about possible action in Syria", Haley told the council. He added that Syria's air defenses were ineffective and that numerous more than 40 surface-to-air missiles fired by the Syrians were launched after the allied attack was over. "Providing a deterrence against the continued use of these weapons is in the vital national security interest of the United States, and I pray that our men and women of the armed forces execute their mission safely tonight".

In choosing to strike, it appeared that Trump's desire to punish Assad for what he called a "barbaric act" - and make good on his tweets promising action this week - outweighed his desire to limit the United States' military involvement in the conflict, at least in the short term.

Syria has repeatedly denied using banned weapons.

President Emmanuel Macron of France on Thursday cited proof that the Syrian government had launched chlorine gas attacks. If Mr. Trump succeeds in bringing massive Chinese retaliatory tariffs, farmers should bear the burden of their actions - and I say this as a farmer who, with my dad and grandpa, grows corn and soybeans on 3,000 acres.

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