Trump aides differ over Assad's future after Syria attack

Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, is pushing for the group, which comprises the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom, to call for Russian Federation to drop backing for the country's president Bashar al-Assad or face tough new sanctions, The Times reported.

"It is time for Russian Federation to withdraw its support for Assad so we can work a political solution to bring some kind of peace to this troubled land", Bishop told the ABC broadcaster.

White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Syria's "sponsors", Russian Federation and Iran, were enabling President Bashar al-Assad's "campaign of mass murder against his own civilians". U.S. Treasury officials say they are preparing sanctions in response to the chemical weapons attack, though the Syrian government is already buried under U.S. and European Union sanctions.

"And we have to make sure that we're pushing that process".

"It's very hard to understand how a political solution could result from the continuation of the Assad regime", McMaster said on "Fox News Sunday".

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson denied in an interview on CBS's Face the Nation that the strikes signaled an overhaul of American policy, saying its priority remained to defeat Islamic State militants in the Middle East.

"I believe that the United States of America can address both at the same time", McCain said.

According to The New York Times, she was also the first Trump official to announce that the USA would consider action against the Syrian government in retaliation.

Her stances on Syria contradict Trump's refugee policies.

Tillerson on Sunday blamed Russian Federation for enabling the poison gas attack by failing to follow through on a 2013 agreement to secure and destroy chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria.

Worldwide turmoil in recent weeks has included a deadly chemical attack in Syria and increasing scrutiny over the actions of the Russian government by several countries.

While he did not rule out the future use of military force, he said the United States administration was mindful of "the lessons of what went wrong in Libya when you choose that pathway of regime change".

Moscow has sought to deflect blame from its long-time ally Assad over the incident and says Syrian jets struck a rebel arms depot where "toxic substances" were being put inside bombs. "What this president has done is said, 'Prove to me that you are vetting these people properly".

"We've seen what that looks like, when you undertake a violent regime change in Libya, and the situation in Libya continues to be very chaotic", he said. "And that's key." She then claimed on CNN's State of the Union that the problem wasn't so much Syrian children but the "Syrian adults" who take them to the U.S.