While the rift between the US and Russia continues to deepen following the chemical attack in Syria, senior-level officials in US President Donald Trump’s administration are demanding the end of Russian support for the Damascus administration.

Trump (left) and Putin (right)

Trump (left) and Putin (right) Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Yesterday (Sunday), senior-level officials within US President Donald Trump’s administration appealed to the Moscow administration to give up its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in order to improve the relations between the two countries.

According to the senior-level US officials, Russia is partly responsible for the chemical attack in Idlib, Syria, last week by supporting Assad. “I hope Russia is thinking carefully about its continued alliance with Bashar al-Assad,” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated. “Every time one of these horrific attacks occurs, it draws Russia closer into some level of responsibility.”

US National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster stated: “I think what we should do is ask Russia how could it be, if you have advisers at that airfield, that you didn’t know that the Syrian air force was preparing and executing a mass murder attack with chemical weapons?”

Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Yesterday, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley attacked the governing regime in Damascus. “There’s not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime,” she stated in an interview with CNN. Haley added that removing Assad out of power is only one of several US goals, in addition to defeating ISIS and preventing Iranian influence in the region.