Trump officials say no new United States focus on ousting Syria's Assad

So Trump's decision to launch the strikes - which President Barack Obama declined to do after a 2013 chemical attack - has raised optimism among rebels that Trump will more directly confront Assad.

Is Trump now a humanitarian interventionist, willing to wield American military power when foreign governments threaten their own citizens?

The United States is leading a coalition of countries that conducts airstrikes targeting ISIS in Syria. Once that threat "has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria", he told CBS' "Face the Nation".

Trump would say he's simply flexible, an emerging foreign policy doctrine that leaves room for evolution and uncertainty.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The chemical weapons attack in Syria that triggered retaliatory American airstrikes hasn't shifted USA priorities toward ousting Syrian President Bashar Assad, top Trump administration officials said. "Well, I do change and I am flexible, and I'm proud of that flexibility".

As many as nine civilians, including four children were killed in the United States missile attack on a military airbase in central Syria on Friday. Yet they did so without any clear guidance from Washington on the next steps in Syria.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson touted the first meeting between the leaders of the two world's biggest economies as positive and described the discussions as "very frank and candid".

Mark Feierstein, who served in the National Security Council under President Barack Obama, said it's hard to glean a direction for USA policy from Trump's actions in Syria because Trump "is not moored to any coherent ideology or set of ideas".

Trump announced the strike in a brief televised address.

In contrast, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn condemned what he said was a "unilateral military action without legal authorisation or independent verification" which risked intensifying the Syrian conflict.

The US is "disappointed but not surprised" at Russia's response to its strikes on a Syrian air base suspected of storing chemical weapons. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Syria decried a U.S. Those travel orders have so far been blocked by the courts. Moscow has since firmly established its military presence in Syria by operating an expanded naval base and a new air base.

Ann Coulter, a favourite pundit of conservatives, pointed to Trump's 2013 tweets opposing any increase in USA military involvement in the Middle East.

"The lesson, the line that President Trump has drawn here is demonstrated that the United States will not tolerate war crimes of this kind, of any kind, in Syria", Turnbull told reporters.

The heads of the general staffs of Iran and Russian Federation, a close ally of Assad, spoke by telephone on Saturday and condemned the U.S. strikes as "blatant aggression. aimed at slowing a trend of victories by Syria's army and its allies and boosting the terrorists' morale", Iran's state news agency IRNA said.

By contrast, several Trump voters said they still trusted the president to deliver on his promises. But Romero said that if Trump is "being erratic, then it'll have very little impact".

"If we are to take further military action in Syria, we owe it to our fearless service members to provide them a clear directive, an unquestionable path to victory and a coalition of allied forces to fight by their side", Walz said. And, Thompson said, by firing from far offshore the U.S.is able to strike without the political fallout of soldiers entering another country.

Moscow's response to Trump's intervention has been to up the ante.

Such anger though did not extend to Breitbart, the news website formerly run by and still closely allied with Steve Bannon, Trump's anti-globalist White House strategist. "The beginning thinking of the administration around Russian Federation was somewhat unsettling, but you've seen that evolve", he said.

In September 2015, after Russian Federation launched an airstrike campaign in Syria, the memorandum was signed between Moscow and Washington. Also, Trump himself has yet to match the harsh criticism of Moscow that some of his advisers have levied.

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