While Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, described regime change in Syria as a US priority and inevitable, Tillerson suggested that last week's American airstrikes in retaliation for the chemical attack hadn't really changed USA priorities toward ousting Assad.
Dictator Bashar al-Assad has repeatedly attacked his own people over the past six years of that three-sided civil war. It was not immediately clear who carried out the strike.
On Thursday night, the USA military shot 59 Tomahawk missiles at the airfield in western Syria where the regime of Bashar Assad had itself launched a chemical attack that killed at least 87 people.
Her comments, made during an interview with CNN on Saturday (8 April), signal a turnaround from the earlier stance of the United States that driving out Isis was a bigger priority in Syria than Assad's ouster. "We're not going to have you cover for this regime anymore", she said.
Residents cowered in bedrooms and basements throughout Saturday, underscoring the unchanged threat they faced from the Syrian government's arsenal of rockets, barrel bombs and other weapons that have resulted in a majority of the conflict's half-million dead. For that to happen, he said, "this oppressive Assad needs to go". Even if a rebel group had access to chemical weapons and wanted to launch a "false flag" operation to discredit the regime and encourage US intervention, it would have presumably used them somewhere with less strategic importance.
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But, he added, there is no "hard evidence that connects the Russians directly to the planning or execution of this particular chemical weapons attack".
That city was hit early last week by chemical weapons that authorities say were fired either by Syrian or Russian warplanes, sparking an global outcry and the USA cruise missile retaliation three days later. The OPCW in 2016 said that due to gaps and inconsistencies in Syria's declaration its compliance with the chemical weapons treaty could not be fully verified.
Damascus has strongly denied carrying out the attack and says it does not use chemical weapons.
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He had planned to travel to Russia Monday on a trip meant to start a fresh dialogue with Moscow.
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"But where I differ from this administration, and I took the same position with respect to President Obama, we are a nation where you're not supposed to initiate military action, start war, without a plan that's presented to and approved by Congress", Kaine told Todd.
University student Ashraf Fadel said he came to denounce "the unjust American aggression against Syria". Assad accused the US of trying to boost the morale of "terror groups" in Syria.
With no direct threat to US national security and with no congressional authorization, Trump's use of force was illegal.
Activists and state media said a separate airstrike by the USA -led coalition on the northern IS-held village of Hneida killed at least 14 civilians, including children. More than 80 people were killed in Tuesday's incident. The Sound and Picture group said the airstrike hit an internet cafe, killing 14 people.
The news agency reported that during the Friday phone call, the Saudi monarch congratulated Trump for his "courageous decision".
It marked a major departure from the criticism of USA military intervention and apparent support for Russia's role in Syria that Mr Trump voiced during his election campaign.