Haley tells world U.S. is ‘locked and loaded’ if Syria uses chemical weapons again


President Donald Trump wants the world to know the United States is “locked and loaded” and prepared to strike Syria again if the Assad regime targets civilians with chemical weapons, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Saturday.

“When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line,” Haley said at an emergency United Nations security meeting. “We are prepared to sustain this pressure if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will.”

The U.N. Security Council rejected Russia’s resolution to condemn coalition forces — made up of the U.S., U.K. and France — for launching joint airstrikes in Syria early Saturday that targeted chemical research and weapons facilities.

Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s U.N. ambassador, took a sharp tone with the West and accused the airstrike coalition of violating international law when it launched its operation — a response to a suspected chemical weapons attack last week in Syria.

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