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Crisis in Syria

Nikki Haley says the 'United States is locked and loaded' for more Syria strikes

Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks at the United Nations Security Council

"We can all see that a Russia disinformation campaign is in full-force this morning, but Russia's desperate attempts at deflection cannot change the facts," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Saturday at a Security Council meeting following U.S.-led strikes on Syria. President Trump ordered the attack Friday in response to what Washington believes was chemical weapons use by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad last week.

Haley argued "there is clear information demonstrating" the Assad regime's culpability. "The pictures of dead children were not fake news," she said. "They were the result of the Syrian regime's barbaric inhumanity. And they were the result of the regime and Russia's failure to live up to their international commitments to remove all chemical weapons from Syria."

The ambassador also indicated the Trump administration is prepared to launch further strikes on Syria if chemical weapons are used again. "The time for talk ended last night," she announced. "The United States is locked and loaded. When our president draws a red line, our president enforces a red line." Watch an excerpt of Haley's comments below. Bonnie Kristian