Trump, Saudi king discuss US strikes on Syria

But he said the United States expected Russian Federation to take a tougher stance by rethinking its alliance with Assad because "every time one of these horrific attacks occurs, it draws Russian Federation closer into some level of responsibility".

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.

Pentagon officials claimed that Syrian forces were possibly assisted by Russian Federation, or at a minimum Russian Federation failed to rein in the Syrian government's action, the Associated Press reported.

Iran and Russian Federation are the closest allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria and Russian Federation swiftly denounced the attack.

"We're exhausted inside. We're exhausted of planes".

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an immediate meeting of the UN Security Council and his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, called the U.S. missile strikes "violations of the norms of worldwide law, and under a far-fetched pretext".

Pyongyang is on a quest to develop a long-range missile capable of hitting the USA mainland with a nuclear warhead, and has so far staged five nuclear tests, two of them previous year. "Other than that, there is no change to our military posture", he said.

Al-Talawy said that after the bombing dozens of ambulances rushed to the area to evacuate the wounded adding that people living nearby saw balls of fire that lit through the sky when the missiles hit the base. Rand Paul was one of the few conservatives who opposed the strikes.

The ship, equipped with state-of-the-art missiles, had been on exercises in the Black Sea.

And Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev claimed Mr Trump had been "one step away from military clashes with Russia".

"If the United States is serious about fighting terrorism, why not direct its missiles on Daesh and al-Nusra", she said, using an Arabic acronym for IS and referring to al-Qaida's branch in Syria.

"I acted in the vital national security and foreign policy interests of the United States, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive", Trump wrote.

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One diplomat said it was unlikely the Security Council would be able to resolve differences on the statement. It is not a signatory to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the global ban on nuclear explosive testing.

"God willing, these strikes will be a clear warning to Bashar al-Assad, to tell him: Bashar, enough killing and injustice against these people", said Abu Ali, a man in his 40s.

Haley said the strike destroyed an air field from which Washington believes Damascus launched the attack on rebel-held Khan Sheikhun, where 86 people including 27 children died this week.

Shortly after 4 pm, Trump signed off on the missile attacks, according to the White House. Press Secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump would not "telegraph his next move".

Joining Trump at the president's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, Tillerson was supposed to focus on the informal summit with Xi.

He declined to say whether Trump now believed Assad should relinquish power.

"Part of the discussions when I visit Moscow next week is to call upon Foreign Minister Lavrov and the Russian government to fulfill the obligation it made to the worldwide community when it agreed to be the guarantor of the elimination of the chemical weapons; and why Russia has not been able to achieve that is unclear to me". "Either Russia has been complicit or Russia has simply been incompetent in its ability to deliver on its end of that agreement", he said.

In a statement Saturday, Johnson said his priority was to continue contact with the USA and others in the run-up to a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Italy on Monday and Tuesday, with the aim of building "coordinated worldwide support for a ceasefire on the ground and an intensified political process".

Cavusoglu said after the transitional government takes over, it will be followed with elections in which Syrians in the country and overseas can vote.

A United States military official told CNN the Pentagon was examining specifically whether a Russian warplane had bombed a hospital in Khan Sheikhoun five hours after the initial chemical attack, with the aim of destroying evidence.

Tillerson says the Islamic State group is a threat not just to the US but to stability in the region.

The Syrian military, for its part, condemned the US strikes as an act of aggression.

Tillerson said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that Russians were not targeted by the strikes.

"There's a lot of answers that need to come from Russia", Haley said, adding that she thought some of those answers would come during Tillerson's meeting in Moscow.

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