From Mar-a-Lago, Trump defends Syrian airstrikes

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

He called the Assad government a main force against terrorism and said it deserved the presumption of innocence in the chemical weapons attack.

Erdogan said he welcomed Moscow's recent statement that "unconditional support is not possible" to the Syrian.

President Trump's national security adviser on Sunday left open the possibility of additional USA military action against Syria following last week's missile strike, but indicated that the United States was not seeking to act unilaterally to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday condemned as "flagrant USA aggression on Syria" a US missile strike on a on a Syrian air base this week and criticised Gulf Arab states for supporting it, state television reported.

Lawmakers from both the Democratic and Republican parties were supportive of Trump's decision to attack the Syrian air base, but some Republican senators said they were concerned about the lack of policy clarity and Tillerson's strategy of leaving Assad's fate unresolved while concentrating on Islamic State.

The upcoming meeting between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has taken on an extra level of importance since the US missile launch against a Syrian airbase. Officials said a drone belonging to either Russian Federation or Syria was seen hovering over the site after the assault earlier this week.

Russian Federation and Iran renewed their support for the Syrian government in a flurry of calls today, saying last week's U.S. missile strike violated Syrian sovereignty but failed to boost the morale of "terror groups" in Syria.

Tillerson on Sunday blamed Russian Federation for enabling the poison gas attack by failing to follow through on a 2013 agreement to secure and destroy chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria.

"By sending Tomahawk missiles to attack the airfield, aeroplanes and equipment believed to be involved, it has sent a strong signal to the Syrian regime to think twice before using gas in future", said Sir Michael.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, meanwhile, canceled his planned Monday visit to Moscow, citing developments in Syria.

Saudi Arabia said the missile launch was the right response to "the crimes of this regime to its people in light of the failure of the global community to stop it".

President Donald Trump's decision that the use of chemical weapons presents a clear threat to American interests provided the legal justification for the attack, which is sufficient given the degree to which Congress has surrendered its war powers over the past half century.

The Turkish foreign minister, whose country is a strong backer of the Syrian opposition, said the USA missile strikes were not enough. Advisers said he was outraged by heartbreaking images of young children who were among the dozens killed in the chemical attack. The drone returned late in the day as citizens were going to a nearby hospital for treatment.

White House officials caution that Trump is not preparing to plunge the US deeper into Syria.

Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the USA strike as "act of aggression" and said it violated worldwide law.

Activists and state media said a separate airstrike by the USA -led coalition on the northern IS-held village of Hneida killed at least 14 civilians, including children.

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