WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. air strikes on Syria (all times EDT):
The White House says British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany have expressed support for President Donald Trump’s decision to strike Syria in response to that country’s use of chemical weapons last week.
May and Merkel agreed to stay in touch with Trump about Syria.
The White House is backpedaling on comments made by press secretary Sean Spicer that the use of barrel bombs by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government might lead to further military action by the United States.
Spicer appeared to draw a new red line for the Trump administration when he told reporters Monday that if a country gases a baby or puts “a barrel bomb into innocent people, I think you will see a response from this president.”
The two also discussed the regional threats posed by Iran and North Korea.
President Donald Trump’s national security adviser is calling on Russia to re-evaluate its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, leaving open the possibility of additional U.S. military action against Syria.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” H.R. McMaster pointed to dual U.S. goals of defeating the Islamic State group and removing Assad from power.
He also says Russia should be asked how it didn’t know that Syria was planning a chemical attack since it had advisers at the Syrian airfield.