The United States stepped up pressure on Sunday on Russian Federation to rein in Syrian President Bashar Assad, warning that any further chemical attacks would be "very damaging" to their relationship and suggesting there can be no peace in Syria while Assad remains in power.
On Sunday's "Meet The Press", Haley told host Chuck Todd, "In no way do we look at peace happening in that area with Iranian influence. But neither regime change nor a full-on, unauthorized war against Syria is what we should be doing", Kaine said.
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.
"We want to continue our efforts with Russian Federation in the Astana process in terms of measures to increase trust and establish a cease-fire", he told reporters in Antalya, according to the Anadolu state news agency. The suspected chemical attack in the northern Syrian province of Idlib on Tuesday left at least 80 people killed and hundreds injured.
Graham also argued Sunday that the United States is "relying too much" on the Kurds in that region to defeat ISIS and that additional USA troops would attract more regional fighters in that effort.
"The United States crossed red lines by attacking Syria, from now on we will respond to anyone, including America if it attacks Syria and crosses the red lines", the statement read.
McCain - who vocally supported the USA military response to the attack - added that the White House must put forward a detailed Syria strategy.
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During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said defeating Islamic State was a higher priority than persuading Assad to step down. Moscow has been a steadfast ally of the Syrian government and has defended it against claims of chemical weapons use in front of the U.N. Security Council. "We should not be focusing on Syria", Trump told Reuters in an interview last October.
He said he would call on Russian Federation "to fulfill the obligation it made to the global community when it agreed to be the guarantor of the elimination of the chemical weapons, and why Russian Federation has not been able to achieve that is unclear to me". The Syrian government has denied it was behind the attack. "[What] we are saying is, other countries have to ask themselves some hard questions", he said.
"There is no such thing as Assad yes, but ISIS no", Rubio said.
"This is a great opportunity for the Russian leadership to reevaluate what they are doing", he said, "why they are supporting a regime that is committing mass murder against its own people".
The South Carolina Republican and military hawk is calling for as many as 6,000 more US troops to help defeat the Islamic State terror group in the Middle East.
In the southern city of Daraa, jets believed to be Russian escalated strikes on Free Syrian Army (FSA) and jihadist groups on Saturday and Sunday in an attempt to roll back their gains in the Manshiya district where battles have been raging for almost two months.