The Trump administration also pushed back on comments made Sunday by French President Emmanuel Macron, who in an interview on French TV noted that President Donald Trump days earlier expressed his eagerness to withdraw USA troops from Syria, and "we convinced him to remain". The Pentagon said no further action was planned but Washington's envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, warned that the USA was "locked and loaded" should another gas attack occur.
Ah, life in the Trump White House. The reaction from Damascus and its backers following the 2017 U.S. strike in Syria was muted despite repeated threats.
Joshua Landis, the director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, said the United States had tried to look strong in a situation where it does not have much leverage, and seeks to leave Syria.
But the reality of how his decision to strike Syria unfolded is in fact a reason for alarm on how the tense situation could unfold from here.
Russian Federation has military forces, including air defenses, in several areas of Syria to support President Bashar Assad in his long war against anti-government rebels.
It worked. Pentagon officials on Saturday said they faced little resistance to their targeted attack on what they said were three Syrian chemical weapons facilities.
Critics of Western military intervention in Syria have taken to the streets following this week's missile strikes on the Assad regime.
Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday, and in a joint statement released by the Kremlin they called the missile strike an "illegal action", that "seriously damages the prospects for a political settlement in Syria".
By lining up with the United Kingdom and France, Trump joined, if you will, a coalition of the willing and took a step toward long-term stability.
"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", Haley said at an emergency United Nations meeting called by Russian Federation.
"We are considering additional sanctions on Russian Federation and a decision will be made in the near future", the press secretary said in a statement, adding that Trump wants "a good relationship" with Russian Federation.
They say after all the violence that's been going on in their country for the past seven years they were happy about the attacks at first, thinking it was the rest of the world finally gaining a conscious for the horrors that have been a sad reality in their country.
In April 2017, in response to images of another chemical weapons attack in the Syria, President Trump ordered a missile strike on an airbase that resumed functioning just one day after the attack, and does not seem to have deterred other chemical attacks from taking place. We hope he keeps walking down that path.
Russian Federation and Syria say no chemical attack occurred at Douma.
Trump, beset by a critical public and revolving door of senior staff, needs to restore stability rather than provoke tensions. But that didn't appear to affect Putin's opinion. The hawkish USA ambassador to the United Nations tends to be on the same page as President Trump on most policy matters, and is not known for imprecision of language.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned this weekend that the US-led attack on Syria was a "crime", as the country's foreign ministry warned of unspecified consequences.
The United States has taken a series of recent measures against Russia, including expelling diplomats over a poisoning case in Britain and imposing sanctions against 24 Russians, including Putin allies, over interference in the USA presidential election and other "malign activity".