WASHINGTON D.C. (ABC NEWS) – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Russia with a laundry list of topics on the agenda.
The U.S. puts Moscow on notice. Just as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is set to begin a tense day of meetings with Russia’s Foreign Minister the White House, accusing the Kremlin of engaging in a full scale and deliberate coverup of that deadly Syrian chemical weapons attack.
Ordered by Syrian President Bashar Al Assad on his own people.
President Trump stated “Frankly Putin is backing a person that’s truly an evil person and I think it’s very bad for Russia, I think it’s very bad for mankind.”
On FOX News, President Trump demanded that Russia withdraw their support from the Syrian regime. But Russian President Vladamir Putin continues to deny that the Assad government was behind the attack.
The future of U.S. involvement in Syria remains uncertain. While Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has said the U.S. is prepared to ‘do more’, President Trump clearly stated “Not going into Syria,” not providing any clarity.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer ignited a firestorm after he suggesting that not only is Syria’s Bashar Al Assad worse than Adolf Hitler, but that Hitler did not use chemical weapons during World War II. He stated “You had a, you know someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to the to the using chemical weapons.” Advocacy groups are calling for him to resign. Spicer has since apologized for his comments.
Secretary Tillerson said he is open to meeting with Russian President Vladamir Putin. The two have a long standing relationship and Putin even once awarded him with the “Order of Friendship.” Today that friendship is being put to the test.