Haley warns: If Assad doesn’t get it, 'it will hurt'

- April 15, 2018

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday said if Syrian President Bashar Assad uses chemical weapons against his own people again there'll be more strikes against his regime.

"If Assad doesn’t get it, it’s going to hurt," Haley said on "Fox News Sunday." "If Assad continues to go forward there will be more, and it will hurt.”

The stern warning comes after the U.S. and European allies launched airstrikes on a handful of targets after what U.S. officials say was a poison gas attack on civilians by the Assad regime.

Haley said the chemical attack in Douma, Syria, was "egregious, it was barbaric, and it was disgusting," adding the airstrikes were the result of "cumulative wave" of actions by Assad.

But, asked if more strikes were in the offing, Haley demurred.

"That is totally up to Assad," she said, adding later, "He now dictates his life."

Haley also defended a tweet that President Donald Trump wrote on Saturday congratulating the service members who carried out the airstrikes where he used the term "mission accomplished!" which some say echoed President George W. Bush's premature claim in 2003 that the Iraq War was over.

Haley noted that politically the term means "something broader," but that in a military context it refers to the "task currently in front of you."

"Our work in Syria is not done," she explained, referring to U.S. troop presence in the country and ongoing efforts to broker peace in the war-ravaged nation.


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