Trump says 'something should happen' with Assad, US military studies options

Thus, if the President seeks further us military involvement in Syria, he must come to Congress and ask for an Authorization for the Use of Military Force. The agreement was an attempt by the two nuclear powers to limit the risk of midair collisions or inadvertent strikes on USA and Russian forces operating in the war-torn region.

However, a year later Mr Obama did launch airstrikes in Syria as part of a military campaign against IS - which Mr Trump has continued to carry out under his administration. US President Donald Trump said the attack was a response to the alleged chemical weapon use in Idlib on Tuesday, which Washington blames on Damascus.

Whether this leads Syria to escalate things, whether this leads Russian Federation to escalate things, we just don't know.

Fired from the USS Porter and the USS Ross, the cruise missiles targeted radars, aircraft, air defense systems and other logistical components.

Warren said the Assad regime should be held accountable for the airstrikes, adding, "the use of chemical weapons against Syrian men, women and children is a clear violation of global law".

Various Syrian rebel groups also welcomed the strikes but urged additional action, with one powerful faction, the Army of Islam, saying a single attack was "not enough". Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell called Trump's decision "entirely correct". "I think that's a very important outcome".

Democrats were muted in their response. Sen.

"But we hope that will not be necessary", she said, speaking to the UN.

The strike - Trump's biggest military decision since taking office - marked a dramatic shift in American involvement in Syria's six-year civil war. But the chemical attack changed his view on the situation, he said, as haunting images of harmed children shocked the world.

Russian Federation served as a guarantor of a 2013 deal in which Syria was supposed to have turned over its entire stockpile of chemical weapons. Tillerson now says it would seem the president has no future role in governing Syria.

"Either Russia has been complicit or Russia has been simply incompetent in its ability to deliver on its end of the agreement, " Tillerson said.

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The barrage of Tomahawk missiles came as surprise for many Syrians, whether allied or opposed to President Bashar Assad. "So anybody who believes that we shouldn't respond to that, I have no use for them", McCain said.

Trump's senior officials said his sudden pivot was grounded on a calculated desire to send a message of deterrence on the use of chemical weapons.

The US launched 59 missiles in the strikes on Thursday evening in a shock move by US President Trump following a devastating chemical attack at Khan Sheikhoun. But there could be other problems. Russia, which has backed Assad militarily since late 2015, would probably veto that measure after putting forward a separate measure which wouldn't compel Syria to provide such access.

Captain Jeff Davis, Pentagon spokesman, said Russian forces were notified in advance using a "deconfliction line", a communications channel set up to avoid a confrontation between the two countries which bothe have jets operating in Syria's skies. In a statement that came one week after Washington made clear that al-Assad was not a priority, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said the United Nations processes to establish an interim government should exclude al-Assad.

"The United States attacked the territory of sovereign Syria", Russian Deputy Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov told the council, denouncing a "flagrant violation of global law and an act of aggression".

Perhaps this is why Trump justified the strike on a third basis: USA national security interests. But it will be interesting to see how much administration officials use this incident as an example of Russia's lack of influence in congressional investigations in the months ahead.

Blunt said he wasn't convinced Obama's strategy "lines up with the policy goals our country should have" in Syria. Assad retrains his grip on Syria, and he won't be the last head of state to test Trump. Assad's government denies having chemical weapons.

Officials said a Russian-made drone hovered over the hospital where victims of the chemical attack, which left at least 70 civilians dead and hundreds injured, were being treated.

The show of force in Syria raises legal questions.

From now on, however, it looks like a shocked Moscow will have to pay more heed to the USA over Syria after edging Washington further out of the picture and largely getting its own way.