The missile strikes against Syria undertaken by the United States, France, and Great Britain have been dominating world headlines. As a result, the United Nations Security Council called for an emergency meeting at the request of Russia. President Trump, Secretary Mattis, and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley made it very clear after this that they are not playing around.
Fox News reported,
“U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday defended President Trump’s declaration of “mission accomplished” in the Syria missile strikes, saying the president was talking in military terms about a singular task, not about foreign policy, while reinforcing that the “United States’ work in Syria is not done.”
“We all know our work in Syria is not done,” she told Fox News’ “Fox News Sunday.” “I can assure you that the president is watching.” Haley also repeated her comment Saturday, at an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, that the U.S. remains “locked and loaded.”
She spoke after the U.S. led an air-and-sea missile attack overnight Friday on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, in response to his purported March 7 chemical attack on civilians, in the country’s years-long civil war. Assad “now dictates his own life,” Haley said.
She also acknowledged Sunday that relations between the U.S. and Russia, an Assad supporter, are “very strained.” Trump has, since winning 2016 presidential campaign, suggested that if elected he would try to improve such diplomatic relations. But a series of events — including Russia’s involvement in neighboring Ukraine and the recent poisoning of an ex-spy in Great Britain — has strained the relationship, amid a federal investigation into Russia meddling in the 2016 White House race.
“This is something we are not going to tolerate,” Haley also said Sunday. Russia doesn’t have “very good friends.” She also suggested that Russia wasn’t helpful in pursuing international diplomatic responses to the chemical attack, saying the 105 missiles launched by the U.S., France and the United Kingdom at three Syrian sites connected to the making and storing of chemical weapons “didn’t have to happen.” “I think (the relationship) has been changing over time,” she said. “This is a very strained time.””
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) April 14, 2018
While the coordinated attack against Syria is an attack against Syria it too in a sense is an attack against Russia, who has made it clear they are closely allied with Syria. And the air-missile strikes are just the beginning. President Trump has made it clear that the mission was accomplished while United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has made it clear this is just the beginning.
On Sunday she announced that the United States will continue to place more sanctions on Russia in response to their support for Syria’s chemical weapons program which led to hundreds of innocent civilians deaths. She made those comments on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” program where she was interviewed.
The Washington Post reported,
“Haley said the sanctions are imminent, targeting Russian companies that have helped the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad make and deploy chemical weapons like those that spurred the United States and its allies to launch more than 100 missiles at Syria over the weekend.“You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down,” Haley said. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin “will be announcing those Monday, if he hasn’t already,” she added. “And they will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use. I think everyone is going to feel it at this point. I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message, and our hope is that they listen to it.”
Haley has been one of the strongest voices accusing Russia of enabling the Syrian government in its use of chemical weapons in the civil war that is now in its seventh year. Russia has vetoed at least six resolutions in the U.N. Security Council regarding chemical weapons. The Russian vetoes have been one of the main irritants in strained relations between Washington and Moscow, with Western diplomats accusing Russia of trying to protect the Assad government.
The Trump administration has placed sanctions on Russian individuals and entities, including penalties last month targeting Russian oligarchs who are close to President Vladimir Putin. But the roll-out of new sanctions is usually closely guarded, in part to prevent people subjected to them from quickly moving their money around. There was no immediate comment from the Treasury Department.””
Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Congressional Democrats are calling for the President to receive Congressional approval prior to any more comprehensive attacks. Many are calling the President’s air strikes illegal. Regardless, numerous Congressional Republicans have thrown their support behind him for his attack while calling for him to seek Congressional guidance on any further strategic planning.