In his first televised interview since becoming President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to decry Russian support for Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
"Russia should ask themselves, 'What are we doing here?'" McMaster told Wallace. "'Why are we supporting this murderous regime that is committing mass-murder of its own population and using the most heinous weapons available?'"
In his interview with Wallace, McMaster suggested that the U.S. might take further military action against Syria, but attempted to assure viewers that this particular attack was intended solely to prevent any future chemical attacks, not to destabilize the Assad regime.
However, McMaster added that the U.S. is exploring a multinational coalition a to remove Assad from power.
Russia condemned U.S. national security officials’ decision to intervene in the country, suggesting that the chemical attack was merely an accident that resulted from an airstrike hitting a rebel-held cache or chemical weapons factory.
Russian officials are also threatening to kill a line of communications that the U.S. and Russian militaries used to notify each other about air operations in Syria, according the New York Times.
"Right now, I think everyone in the world sees Russia as part of the problem," McMaster said. "It's very difficult to understand how a political solution could result from the continuation of the Assad regime."
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Vice President Mike Pence repeated President Donald Trump's claim that "ISIS has been defeated" in Syria on Wednesday just hours after several U.S. service members were killed by an ISIS suicide bomber in Manbij, Syria.