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and is brought to you today by your cable or satellite provider. foreign policy was a topic on the sunday shows after the recent u.s. military strike in syria in response to president bashar al-assad's use of chemical weapons. members ofm several the trump administration, ambassador nikki haley and national security adviser h.r. mcmaster. was very clear in his message to the american people that this strike was related solely to the most recent, horrific use of chemical weapons against women, children, and even small babies. the strike was a message to the that this would
not go without a response in the future. russia to fulfill its commitment. we are calling on al-assad to cease the use of these weapons. >> you are hoping there is an opportunity to drive a wedge between assad and putin? utin to do more to d?move a sod -- assa >> i am hoping we can do more to have russia involved in the process that will lead to a more stable syria. assad's they are currently biggest ally. they should have the greatest influence on him about the decision to no longer used chemical weapons. is thinkinga carefully about their alliance
with al-assad. any time one of these horrific attacks occurs, it draws russia closer into some level of responsibility. >> what we have seen at the united nations is a huge sigh of relief they are so thankful that the united states took the lead on this issue. we needed to get that influence out of there. we told them we are not going to what this anymore. i hope that what iran and syria sees and russia sees is that this is not a president who is afraid to ask. >> you said taking a sod out of king assad out of syria would not be a focus for the united states. is that now changing to making him a priority? >> we are trying to do is obviously defeat isis.
secondly, we do not see a peaceful syria with a sod in there. d in there.with assa thirdly, did the iranian influence out of there. we know there is not any sort of option where a political option can be pursued with assad and his regime. deter theive was to continued use of chemical regime in the assad his mess murder attacks against innocent civilians. i think everyone has confirmed that we are prepared to do more. -- we wereared prepared to do more to days ago as well. what is significant about this strike is not that it was meant to take out the syrian regime
ability to perform mass murder on its own people, but it was meant to be a strong message to assad that the united states will not stand idly by as he continues to murder innocent civilians. important objective to keep in mind here. >> he is continuing the mass murder. if he uses conventional weapons, is president trump prepared to stop him from using conventional weapons to slaughter innocent civilians? >> with this president, what we have is someone helping us to understand and provide him with an assessment of what is the degree of agency and control we have over a complex situation. does the president have a response to a mess murder attack , he will act decisively. the objective was not to take the airfield forever. the objective was to send a strong, political message to assad.
i think this is very significant, because everyone should realize this is the first time thehas acted bravely against the assad regime. that should be a strong message to assad. >> members of congr members of congress weighed in on the military strike in syria. >> there is no such thing as a sod. but you can defeat isis as long as a sod is there. as long as bush are al-assad is in power in syria, you will have a reason for people to be radicalized in syria. with all this talk of isis, there is an al qaeda group that is prepared to step into the vacuum left behind by a defeated isis. syriannot have a stable
as long as bush are al-assad -- bashar al-assad is in power. the idea that we will defeat isis and then figure out what to do with assad is not going to work. administrationmp should be talking about is massive, crippling sanctions on the russian company that is the principal arm supporter for syria. any other company or country in the world that does business with that company. that is where it should begin. then, the discussion should go to -- one, that the russians honor their commitment to remove all chemical weapons from syria. they have not done that yet. secondly, that they implement the cease-fire they negotiated with iran and turkey inside syria. that has not been honored. third, the agreement that
humanitarian aid can be distributed throughout syria. that has not actually been honored. finally, that they go to the negotiating table and try to find a political resolution with nd alland all -- assad a other parties at the table. in order to find in ultimate, negotiated settlement, we must negotiate with the syrian government. the only way to do that is if all parties are at the table including russia and the united states, and they are enforcing this goal of a negotiated settlement resulting in a government that all parties can live with. assad signed the chemical weapons treaty ban. there is in agreement with him not to use chemical weapons. but we have learned is that were criminals not police each other's -- that war criminals do not police themselves well. areof these resolutions
limitations on using force and not authorizations to use force. i do not intend to vote for anything that limits our ability to win the war against assad. -- thathink syria somehow you can send troops into that sovereign nation without having to have congress grant the president more authority there? don't you think you are in the minority view on that? >> we already have troops that are on the ground. if you do not want more american troops on the ground, cut off funding. oppositionrain forces to take assad down. he is a threat to the united states, because he is a proxy of iran. he used chemical weapons grade
he violated -- chemical weapons. he violated the treaty that he signed. our strategy is not yet developed. >> lindsay and i agree these atrocities are horrible, but this is where we differ. think the u.s. policy towards any nation should be that we get the change up your leaders. wrong,d is doing things then we can try to deter him from doing it. we can prosecute him for war crimes. i do not think the policy of the u.s. should be that we are going to change the regime of your leadership. that is what the syrians should decide. we should be part of the political process, but i do not think a regime change should be official u.s. policy. >> president trump explained his reasoning for the knowledge or for thegainst -- military strike against syria in
a letter to congress. a little bit more about the latest in what is going on in syria after that strike. we are joined by toluse olorunnipa. he is the white house reporter for bloomberg news. good morning. guest: good morning. how are you? host: i am great. bring us up-to-date about the latest in syria in the days after the u.s. strike. guest: the latest that we have seen is that the syrian air base that was targeted in those missile strikes ordered by president trump is back to being operational. there were some setbacks for the airbase. they suffered some damage to some of their planes, but the runways were not basically cratered and rendered inoperable. planes are taking off from the very airbase. yesterday, there were aio