US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has told reporters that the president would not be ‘rushed’ into a military action in Syria over last week’s alleged chemical attack, but added that “all nations and people” would suffer if the Syrian government was allowed to “normalize” the use of chemical weapons.
Haley confirmed that President Trump has not yet made a decision on possible US action in Syria. “Our President has not yet made a decision about possible action in Syria. But should the United States and our allies decide to act in Syria, it will be in defense of a principle on which we all agree,” she told reporters on Friday.
“You don’t rush decisions like this,” the envoy emphasized, adding that premature action could lead to “a mistake.”
“We have to know that there is proof and we have to know that we are taking every precaution necessary should we take action,” she said, adding that she was “unbelievably proud” of the president and his ability not to let anyone “rush” him into a decision.
At the same time, Haley said that the US estimates that the Syrian government led by President Bashar Assad “has used chemical weapons in the Syrian war at least 50 times. Public estimates are as high as 200.”
“All nations and all people will be harmed if we allow Assad to normalize the use of chemical weapons,” she added.
According to the envoy, the president has met with National Security Council officials several times to consider US options.
Haley’s remarks came ahead…