Liberal leaders call for challenge to Gabbard over Syria skepticism

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes a statement about the visit of China's President Xi Jinping and about the situation in Syria at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran's Hassan Rouhani said in a phone call that aggressive US actions against Syria were not permissible and violated worldwide law, the Kremlin said.

"It's important that we keep our priorities straight".

"By defeating ISIS and removing their caliphate from their control, we've now eliminated at least or minimized a particular threat not just to the United States, but to the whole stability in the region", he said.

At this time, the USA military has not changed its stance toward the Syrian regime, outside of the retaliatory strike in response al-Assad's use of chemical weapons.

"I think the president has been quite clear".

After years of calling for Assad's removal during former president Barack Obama's tenure, Washington appeared to be stepping back from seeking regime change in Syria in recent weeks. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) recent suggestion that his stance on Assad - Tillerson had earlier signaled that the Syrian people would decide their president's future - could've contributed to the deadly chemical attack.

The White House says President Donald Trump spoke with Saudi Arabia's king about Syria and he "reaffirmed strong Saudi support for the United States' military strike against the Sayrat airfield".

The list of chemical attacks on rebel-held parts of Syria is long and detailed, and as Tillerson pointed out in interviews on This Week CBS's Face the Nation, the Syrian military used chemical weapons twice in the week prior to the Idlib attack. "We now need a long-term solution to this conflict".

"Assad now knows there is a red line with regard to the use of chemical weapons".

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Moscow has said it doesn't believe Assad's forces carried out the attack on Thursday that involved children and called for a "thorough and impartial" investigation.

But there have been repeated allegations of chemical weapons use by the government since then.

The move immediately prompted a backlash from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said it would damage U.S.

The top United States diplomat insisted he had no concerns about possible Russian retaliation following an unprecedented U.S. strike on a Syrian airfield this week. "We were prepared to do more two days ago as well".

Johnson said in a statement, "Developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally".

Sky News Political Correspondent Tamara Cohen said: "The meeting was seen as an attempt at bridge-building after Mr Johnson's high-profile swipes at Russian Federation, accusing them past year of "war crimes" in Syria and perpetrating more violence in Ukraine".

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Even so, Tillerson said, without naming North Korea, that "if you violate worldwide agreements, if you fail to live up to commitments, if you become a threat to others, at some point a response is likely to be undertaken".

New strikes hit outside the town on Sunday, with no immediate reports of casualties, the monitor added.

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