"I think there's a degree of reality we have to understand in terms of the political reality on the ground". Syria state media said the us air raid killed nine civilians, including four children.
The US is not backing down, with its United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley telling a security council meeting that Washington had taken "a very measured step" but was ready to go further.
"You used the initials, but I think that's a first for Meet The Press", a stunned Chuck Todd said immediately after.
The U.S. says the strike was in response to a nerve gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun last week, widely blamed on government forces.
In a coincidence we all hope isn't prophetic, the U.S. entered World War One exactly 100 years ago on the day Trump ordered the military intervention in Syria.
Haley disagreed, telling Tapper that the US government has evidence.
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"If this intervention is limited only to an airbase, if it does not continue and if we don't remove the regime from heading Syria, then this would remain a cosmetic intervention", said Cavusoglu in the southern city of Antalya. "You train the opposition to go after [Syrian President Bashar] Assad". But in a television interview that aired Sunday, Tillerson said the priority "really hasn't changed".
Graham also argued Sunday that the United States is "relying too much" on the Kurds in that region to defeat ISIS and that additional USA troops would attract more regional fighters in that effort.
Russian Federation and Iran, together with Turkey, are working to arrange a series of peace talks between conflicting sides within Syria in the Kazakh capital of Astana.
Syria and Russian Federation each condemned the US attack.
The Associated Press reported that Washington was investigating whether Russian Federation had any involvement in the suspected chemical attack on civilians in the Idlib Province. Syrian activists claimed that the attack had come from the Assad-led government's airstrikes, although the Syrian army denied involvement in the strike.
The Tomahawk missile strikes against Syria by the United States have grave consequences for relations between the USA and Russian Federation.
A reporter from the state-run Russia-24 outlet posted a video of activity on the Syrian airbase, with a caption that read, "Return to work at Shayrat". "Vladimir Putin believes that complete disregard for factual information about the use by terrorists of chemical weapons drastically aggravates the situation".