Iran and Russia are threatening to take military action against the United States if President Trump takes further action in Syria.
Tensions are heating up after last week’s military strike on Syria, where President Trump launched Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Shayrat air base in Western Syria. In a joint statement, Russian and Iranian leaders threatened military action saying they will “respond to any aggression”.
The statement read: “What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well.”
The statement comes as US ambassador to UN, Nikki Haley, said President Donald Trump is considering implementing new sanctions against Russia and Iran.
In an interview with Jake Tapper, the host of CNN’s State of the Union show, Haley said “I think that’s conversations that he [Trump] will be having and have started to have, going forward. But I think he will have to look at the situation,” when asked whether Trump “wants tougher sanctions on Russia and Iran.”
Nothing “is off the table at this point,” she added.
“You saw this terrible tragedy on innocent people, a lot of them children, and the first reaction from Russia wasn’t ‘how horrible,’ it wasn’t ‘how could they do this,’ it wasn’t ‘how did this happen,’ it was: ‘Assad didn’t do it.’ Why was that the reaction?” Haley said.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the administration’s main goal is going after ISIS. “Our priority in Syria,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “That really hasn’t changed.”
“I think the president has been quite clear. First and foremost, we must defeat ISIS,” Tillerson said on Face the Nation.
McCain Says Trump to Blame for Assad’s Chemical Attack, Calls for all out War with Syria
In an interview with CBS, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said comments made by people in President Donald Trump’s administration are “partially to blame” for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s apparent use of chemical weapons. He slammed the administration’s position of concentrating on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) before it addresses Assad’s leadership in Syria.
McCain said, “We will take Mosul,” McCain said. “We will take Raqqa. And we’d better have strategies as to how to handle those places once we have won it. But they’re not disconnected from Bashar Assad and the Al Qaeda – the war crimes that have been taking place.”
Pressed to clarify the administration’s position in Syria, National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster said the goals of fighting ISIS and ousting Assad in Syria were somewhat “simultaneous” and that the objective of the missile strikes were to send a “strong political message.”
“We are prepared to do more,” McMaster said on “Fox News Sunday.” “The president will make whatever decision he thinks is in the best interest of the American people.”
According to the Hill, the Pentagon is investigating whether Russia participated or assisted in the chemical attack in Syria, as well as an attack on a local hospital. They cited Syria’s 2013 use of chemical weapons to show the Russians failed to rein in the Syrian regime.
“Russia stepped in at the time and said they would guarantee the removal and elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons capability,” an official said. “At the time they reported that the Syrians had turned in all of their chemical weapons.”
The Russians “failed to control the activities of their Syrian client,” the official said.