"President Assad was in absolutely positive spirits".
"If this is it, Assad should be relieved", Randa Slim, an expert with the Washington-based Middle East Institute, wrote on Twitter.
Assad has staunchly denied his government was involved in the suspected chemical attack on Douma that killed at least 73 people, most of whom were civilians.His regime has routinely dismissed accusations it has attacked rebels with chemical weapons, including an atrocity in town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed more than 80 people. Trump suggested Friday's action will be more robust than last year's one-off.
The U.S. has vowed to also squeeze Syria's allies Russian Federation and Iran.
Assad has already consolidated control over most of Syria and its major population centers. His allies have questioned the rationale of a victor needing to resort to chemical weapons that bring global condemnation and risk punitive action.
Haley also said the United States would not pull its troops out of Syria before three goals have been accomplished: defeating Islamic State militants, ensuring chemical weapons will not be used and maintaining the ability to watch Iran.
Assad's chemical weapons capabilities and exactly what was hit Saturday remain shrouded in mystery. "That's why you saw the president strike this past weekend, that's why you saw him expel sixty Russian spies after the attack in Salisbury", she added.
The government certainly had enough advance notice.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Security Council that the military strikes were "justified, legitimate, and proportionate".
Kaine said the Syrian operations lack a clear strategy.
"In the USA administration there are specific people who it is possible to talk with", said Ermakov, head of the ministry's department for non-proliferation and arms control.
As he left the hotel where the meeting took place, Mekdad declined to comment to reporters waiting outside.
"This was very strong attack on the chemical weapons program".
IHS Jane's expert Karl Dewey, said the scientific research facility on the northeastern edge of Damascus is thought to have integrated chemical payloads onto artillery.
Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday that the United States will place more sanctions on Russian Federation this week related to its support for Syria's chemical weapons program.
Trump noted that a million people died or suffered injuries from chemical weapons during World War I. Since that time, he said, the civilized world has shunned the use of such weapons. "Politics and peace negotiations has to always overcome".
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