U.S. vows to keep up pressure on Syria after missile strikes

  • U.S. vows to keep up pressure on Syria after missile strikes

U.S. vows to keep up pressure on Syria after missile strikes

"I don't draw conclusions of complicity at all, but clearly they've been incompetent and perhaps they've just simply been out-maneuvered by the Syrians", Tillerson said in an interview with ABC's This Week program.

The ship, equipped with state-of-the-art missiles, had been on exercises in the Black Sea.

The United States' top diplomat also said it was "important that we keep our priorities straight" and the USA believes "the first priority is the defeat of ISIS".

"And we have to make sure that we're pushing that process".

Once the threat from Islamic State has been reduced or eliminated, "I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria", Tillerson said in excerpts from an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation", that will air in full on Sunday.

The White House late Friday refused to say whether its strike on Shayrat airbase was a one-off action or part of a new strategy created to hobble the military capabilities of President Bashar al-Assad.

But some rank-and-file Republicans, along with many Democrats, have criticised Mr Trump for acting impulsively and betraying his own past opposition to United States intervention in Syria.

Trump ordered the missile strikes on the Syrian air base after blaming Assad for the chemical weapons attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun.

British foreign minister Boris Johnson also had planned to visit Russian Federation this coming week, but decided on Saturday to cancel the trip because of the fast moving events in Syria.

In a statement Saturday, Johnson said his priority was to continue contact with the USA and others in the run-up to a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Italy on Monday and Tuesday, with the aim of building "coordinated worldwide support for a ceasefire on the ground and an intensified political process".

"You tell the Russians, 'If you continue to bomb the people we train, we'll shoot you down, ' Graham said". Earlier, U.S. military officials had said they were looking into whether Russian Federation participated, possibly by using a drone to help eliminate evidence afterward. Officials said a drone belonging to either Russian Federation or Syria was seen hovering over the site after the assault earlier this week.

"I do not believe that the Russians want to have worsening relationships with the U.S., but it's going to take a lot of discussion and a lot of dialogue to better understand what is the relationship that Russia wishes to have with the United States". Trump is weighing next steps after ordering airstrikes last week. But a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the strikes dealt "a significant blow" to relations between Moscow and Washington.

Mr Tillerson conceded that removing Mr Assad from power could "ultimately" require greater pressure, including military action, from the U.S. or an worldwide coalition, but he said that is not the preferred choice. Tillerson is due to meet Lavrov in Moscow next week.

He said on Twitter that the "conditions for negotiations in Moscow were even worse than (former Secretary of State John) Kerry's times".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he sees no reason for retaliation from Russian Federation for USA missile strikes on a Syrian air base.

He said the U.S.