Haley warns Assad: Trump 'watching,' USA work in Syria 'not done'

Sergio Conner
April 16, 2018

She said that it is "entirely up to Assad" whether the missile attack on Syria was a one-time response to the suspected chemical attack by Syrian forces a week ago that killed more than 40 people or part of a continuing allied military effort.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday that the USA would launch new missile strikes against his regime if he carries out another chemical weapons attack.

Russian news agencies reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a phone call, told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani there would be chaos in global relations if there are further Western strikes on Syria.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin "will be announcing those Monday, if he hasn't already", she added. While he declared success, the Pentagon said the pummeling of three chemical-related facilities left enough others intact to enable the Assad government to use banned weapons against civilians if it chooses. "To some it said, well, Bush thinks the war in Iraq is over, when I didn't think that". "It is such a great Military term, it should be brought back", he wrote.

In a UN Security Council session Saturday, American UN Ambassador Nikki Haley warned that the United States was "locked and loaded" to take aim at Syria again if Assad uses chemical weapons again.

France, the United States and Britain plan to put forward a new draft resolution aimed at dismantling Syria's chemical weapons program, wiping out terrorism, demanding a ceasefire across Syria and finding a political solution to the war, French UN Ambassador Francois Delattre told the council on Saturday.

"Everything that has strained the relationship is on Russia's side", she said, adding that the USA hopes for improved relations with Moscow, but that "we're not going to put up with bad behavior to get it".

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"This very easily could happen in the United States if we're not smart, and if we're not conscious of what's happening", Haley said during an interview with "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. But they have refrained from targeting Assad's government, apart from a volley of U.S. missiles a year ago.

But she said Syria was not "worthy" of direct talks with Washington: "We are not going to have any one-on-one talks with Assad".

"There is no proposal on the table for further attacks because so far, thank heavens, the Assad regime has not been so foolish as to launch another chemical weapons attack", he told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show. "And should he use it again, the president has made it very clear that the United States is locked and loaded and ready to go".

With Russian involvement in Syria and Moscow condemning Saturday's allied missile strike, Haley acknowledged that U.S.

The aim, she said, is "to see American troops come home, but we are not going to leave until we know we have accomplished those things".

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