Rex Tillerson says he's "seen no evidence" that Russian Federation is an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Tillerson was a prominent fixture during the most important foreign policy period in Trump's young presidency: a two-day summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping that coincided with the strikes against Syria. "We're not going to have you cover for this regime anymore", she said.
But he also backed calls for an independent inquiry into the suspected chemical weapons attack.
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But there have been repeated allegations of chemical weapons use since.
Assad said the United States missile strikes on a Syrian air base, launched in response to the chemical weapons attack, only made him more determined.
Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests - which erupted as part of the Arab Spring uprisings - with unexpected ferocity.
He said Western allegations that Assad's regime was behind a chemical weapons attack last week were "baseless" and suggested it was carried out by rebel groups to influence global public opinion.
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Their comments came as Tillerson was making the Trump administration's first official trip this week to Russian Federation, a staunch Assad ally.
He had planned to travel to Russia Monday on a trip meant to start a fresh dialogue with Moscow.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, however, gave a more measured response as to whether the U.S. will be diving into the Syrian conflict and seeking to overthrow Assad.
In that interview airing Sunday on CBS' Face the Nation, Tillerson said Russians were not targeted by the strikes.
In Damascus, dozens of Syrian students gathered outside the offices of the United Nations to protest the US missile attack, chanting "Death to America" and "Death to Israel".
"What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines". Assad accused the USA of trying to boost the morale of "terror groups" in Syria. "We will bolster up in every way our capability for self-defense to cope with the USA evermore reckless moves for a war and defend ourselves with our own force". "And the result of their failure has led to the killing of more children and innocents".
"Given repeated Russian blocking in the United Nations security council, the U.S. was determined to act", Fallon said, adding President Trump made "the right call by resorting to careful and narrowly focused military action".
Saudi Arabia is one of the most vehement opponents of Assad.
The government of Syrian President Assad has repeatedly denied using chemical weaponry in its fight against rebels seeking to topple the Damascus government.
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