Only weeks ago, it appeared that Trump, who praised Putin throughout the US election campaign, was poised for a potentially historic rapprochement with Russian Federation.
"Right now we're not getting along with Russian Federation at all", Trump flatly declared at a White House press conference on Wednesday, giving stark proof the president is moving ever further from his 2016 campaign promise to establish better ties with Moscow. But he said it was an open question where relations go from here. Trump said in a note on Twitter.
President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that U.S. -Russia ties "may be at an all-time low", and Tillerson struck a similar tone after a day of talks in Moscow.
Not long before Trump spoke, Russian Federation vetoed a Western-backed United Nations resolution that would have condemned the chemical weapons attack and demanded a speedy investigation.
"It can't be a worst sight".
"It'd be a fantastic thing if we got along with Putin and if we got along with Russia", Trump said. So I felt we had to do something about it.
Describing the Syrian leader as a "butcher" he said he had "absolutely no doubt" the USA had done the "right thing". "And it was very, very successfully done, as you well know", he said. As a presidential candidate a year ago, Trump criticized Obama and Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. secretary of state during Obama's first term and Trump's opponent in the election, for getting involved in foreign conflicts and waging wars in other countries. Any further USA military action must only be undertaken with the formal authorization of Congress, and after full and complete deliberation.
"We have no firm information to indicate there was any involvement by Russia, Russian forces, into this attack", Tillerson said, The Washington Post reported.
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Putin has condemned the USA military assault on a Syrian airfield, saying that the move represents an aggression against a sovereign state in violation of worldwide law under a far-fetched pretext.
Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Russian leader on Wednesday gave Tillerson his view of the causes of the current "deadlock" in bilateral ties.
Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the foreign affairs committee in the upper house of the Russian parliament said Moscow would only agree to restore the link on condition that the "U.S. abandons any action against the Syrian army".
However, analysts say the civil war in Syria has driven a wedge between Moscow and Washington.
Britain, France and the United States had put forward the measure in response to the suspected sarin gas attack.
"The worldwide community has spoken". Moallem said. He added that Russia, Iran and Syria have "common procedures against any aggression", but wouldn't offer any specifics.
Wayne White, former deputy director of the State Department's Middle East intelligence office, told Xinhua that the idea of Washington and Moscow reaching a consensus is highly unlikely.
The talks got off to a frosty start, with the Russian politician branding the American cruise missile strike "illegal" and criticising "confusing and sometimes openly contradictory ideas" from the Trump administration on the US-Russia relationship and global issues. Secretary Tillerson told President Putin peace can not happen in Syria while Assad is still in power. "In some ways, they are too much alike", added the expert.