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Yisrael Katz
It absolutely matches our declared policy, a policy that we also implement.feedback
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NEW Apr 28 2017
The latest person who has talked about Syria conflict is Donald J. Trump: “I directed this action in order to degrade the Syrian military's ability to conduct further chemical weapons attacks and to dissuade the Syrian regime from using or proliferating chemical weapons, thereby promoting the stability of the region and averting a worsening of the region's current humanitarian catastrophe. I acted in the vital national security and foreign policy interests of the United States, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive.”. You’ll find on this page all the other quotes of Donald J. Trump and all the other people that have spoken about Syria conflict. You can select these people and their quotes by date, by name, and you can easily have access to the articles from which they originated.
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Seth Meyers

President Trump unveiled his new tax plan today, and it's pretty much the same as his old plan. He's not going to pay them.feedback

Boris Johnson

If the US has a proposal to have some sort of action in response to a chemical weapons attack and if they come to us and ask for our support, whether it's with submarine-based cruise missiles in the (Mediterranean), or whatever it happens to be, it would be in my view, and I know this is also the view of the Prime Minister, very difficult for us to say no. I think that needs to be tested. As I said I think it would be very difficult for us to say no. How exactly we were able to implement that would be for the Government, the Prime Minister.feedback

Boris Johnson

I've explained that figure many many times, and it is correct. The £350m expresses the total that we do not control every week. When we take back control it will be possible for the government of the day to use that cash on the priorities of this country, which could include the NHS.feedback

Boris Johnson

For me the important thing is that it is the UK government that decides. The numbers are high at the moment. The higher education economy is of immense value to the UK. Of all the kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers in the world, one in seven was educated at university in this country. So I value international students. I'm in favour of talented people including students being able to come here. But I'm also in favour of us, as a country, being able to decide our own priorities.feedback

Boris Johnson

I think that needs to be tested. How we exactly implement that would be for the government and for prime minister to decide. But if the Americans were once again forced by the actions of the Assad regime ... and they asked us to help, it would be very difficult to say 'no'. If you are saying they get the money before substantive talks then that is obviously not going to happen. There is no reason at all why the UK should be paying huge sums of money in the long term for trading with the rest of the EU.feedback

Yisrael Katz

I can confirm that the incident in Syria completely conforms to Israel's policy, [which is] to act so as to prevent the smuggling of advanced weapons from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon by Iran. When we receive intelligence that points to the intention to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah, we will act. This incident conforms completely to that policy.feedback

Maha Yahya

Iran and Hezbollah are overstretched, and it's not clear they can afford to gamble with a direct showdown with Israel now. Iran knows no matter how powerful they've become, they can't be fighting on two fronts at the same time. Most likely they see a window of opportunity where their intervention can degrade Hezbollah's military power.feedback

Yisrael Katz

I want to achieve an understanding, an agreement between the U.S. and Israel ... not to let Iran have permanent military forces in Syria, by air, by land, by sea. It was important morally and strategically.feedback

Leon E. Panetta

He's got a great national security team. He's been willing to listen to them. And he's willing to change positions if necessary on China, on Syria, on NATO and some other areas.feedback

Michael Farr

To forget risk is increasing as prices rise is perilous. This is a bull market, and this is what bull markets do. They embrace good news. They dismiss bad news. They don't care about 59 missiles in Syria. They don't care about U.S. troops off the coast of North Korea. They infer positive news from France. They like the news of big tax cuts, and they just go higher.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

In Europe, things have become very serious in terms of the extent of Islamophobia. The EU is closing its doors on Turkey and Turkey isn't closing its doors on anybody. If they're not acting sincerely we have to find a way out. Why should we wait any longer? We're talking about 54 years. I'm very curious as to how the EU is going to act. There is not a single thing that we are not ready to do, the minute they ask for it. Whatever they wish, we do. But still they are keeping us at the door. Assad is not the address for a prospective solution in Syria.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

We know, from a certain source, that the process of fabrication of the samples taken is typical of the method developed in Syrian laboratories. This method is the signature of the regime and it is what enables us to establish the responsibility of the attack. We know because we kept samples from previous attacks that we were able to use for comparison.feedback

Regan Murphy

Congress is giving him a hard time, but he's actually taking action like with the bombing in Syria. We voted for him to make changes. If we voted for that change, then we can't fight him on everything.feedback

Dominic Grieve

This failure to provide what we consider to be relevant documents is profoundly disappointing. The Government should be more transparent about these matters and permit proper scrutiny of them. (The) investigation of Khan's activities led to the disruption of the attacks he planned, thereby avoiding what could have been very significant loss of life.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

We have definite sources that the procedure used to make the Sarin sampled is typical of the methods developed in Syrian laboratories. This method bears the signature of the regime, and that is what has allowed us to establish its responsibility in this attack. Only the regime has such air assets.feedback

Kelly E. Magsamen

A conflict on the peninsula would be unlike anything we have seen in decades. North Korea is not a Syria, it's not an Iraq. The consequences could be extremely high.feedback

Khaled Abboud

The sanctions are new attempts by the U.S. administration to put pressure on the Syrian state.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We should not be focusing on Syria. You're going to end up in World War III over Syria if we listen to Hillary Clinton. Our nation faces serious and growing threats – and many of them stem from problems that have been unaddressed for far too long.feedback

Ahmad Jamal

Any operation that is carried out by the Turkish government without any co-ordination with the Iraqi government is totally rejected.feedback

Mark Toner

We are very concerned, deeply concerned, that Turkey conducted airstrikes earlier today in northern Syria as well as northern Iraq without proper co-ordination with either the United States or the broader global coalition to defeat ISIS. These airstrikes were not approved by the coalition and led to the unfortunate loss of life of our partner forces in the fight against ISIS that includes members of the Kurdish peshmerga.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It hasn't lived up to the potential. I see a day when there's a conflict where the United Nations, you get together, and you solve the conflict. You just don't see the United Nations, like, solving conflicts. I think that's going to start happening now. On Syria, the council failed again this month to respond to Syria's use of chemical weapons. The status quo in North Korea is also unacceptable, and the council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs.feedback

Alistair Hay

It is quite possible the concentrations of sarin would have dispersed by the time White Helmets arrived. But sarin adheres to a lot of different material and it should be possible to gather evidence in soil or clothing.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

We take Syria's disregard for innocent human life very seriously, and will relentlessly pursue and shut down the financial networks of all individuals involved with the production of chemical weapons used to commit these atrocities. The United States is sending a strong message with this action that we will hold the entire Assad regime accountable for these blatant human rights violations in order to deter the spread of these types of barbaric chemical weapons.feedback

Donald J. Trump

This is a real threat to the world, whether we want to talk about it or not. North Korea is a big world problem, and it's a problem that we have to finally solve. On Syria, the Council failed again this month to respond to Syria's use of chemical weapons. A great disappointment; I was very disappointed by that. If we do a great job, I care much less about the budget, because you're talking about peanuts compared to the important work you're doing.feedback

Jacob Waerness - Lafarge

Quite early, in 2011 we discussed if an armed group occupies the area around the cement plant, we have to leave. We were not breaching any sanctions. We were a Syrian company -- we had a responsibility to operate.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I never realized how big it was. Everything's so… like, you know the orders are so massive. Number one, there's great responsibility. When it came time to, as an example, send out the 59 missiles, the Tomahawks in Syria. I'm saying to myself, You know, this is more than just like, 79 (sic) missiles. This is death that's involved,' because people could have been killed.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It's a different kind of a presidency. When it came time to, as an example, send out the 59 missiles, the Tomahawks in Syria. Here, everything, pretty much everything you do in government involves heart, whereas in business most things don't involve heart. In fact, in business you're actually better off without it. This is a very tough environment. Not caused necessarily by me.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I want us to say 'Listen, let's get people around the table quickly' and a way of achieving that - suspending the strikes, possibly.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I think the leader of Isis not being around would be helpful and I'm no supporter or defender in any whatsoever of Isis, I'm sure you would concede, but I would also argue that the bombing campaign has killed a large number of civilians, many of whom were virtually prisoners of Isis, you have got to think about these things. At the end of the day the only solution in Syria is going to be a political one. There is no other way of getting it. There has to be a reconvening quickly of the Geneva process.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I would say to President Trump, listen, it's in nobody's interest for this war to continue let';s get the Geneva process going quickly and in the meantime no more strikes, have the UN investigation into the war crime of the use of chemical weapons in Syria and take it on from there.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

What is the objective? To have more strikes that would kill more possibly innocent people, or to get a political solution in Syria? Does this help to get a political solution? I think the leader of Isis not being around would be helpful, but I would also argue that the bombing campaign has killed a large number of civilians, many of them virtual prisoners of Isis.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I will tell him I want to see a process that brings about an end to the conflict. The only solution in Syria is going to be a political one. I would say to President Trump, it's in no one's interests for this war to continue.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

What I would tell them is: give me the information you've got, tell me how accurate that is, tell me what you think can be achieved by this. Can I take you back to the whole point? What is the objective here? Is the objective to start more strikes which may kill many innocent people, as has happened? Or is the objective to get a political solution in Syria? My whole point would be: does this help to get a political solution in Syria and approach it from that position.feedback

Donald J. Trump

President Obama, do not attack Syria. There is no upside and tremendous downside.feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

We sense a great change in the direction of American policy. We noted the very clear and forthright words, Mr. Secretary, that you had to say about Iran. This follows very strong and forthright words on the part of President Trump and very forthright deeds against the use of chemical weapons by Iran's proxy, Syria.feedback

Mohammed Iqbel

ISIL works on three levels: short, medium and long term. In the short term, it worked on recruitment – getting young people to leave their country for Libya, and especially Syria and Iraq. After that, it was the departure of entire families.feedback

Charlie Chaplin

And nowadays it's perhaps even more relevant - with what's going on in Syria. There are people who still deny the Holocaust, too.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

The Qatari hunters entered Iraq's territory in an official way, and they were granted visas. They should have been directly protected by the Ministry of Interior, but unfortunately, they were abducted.feedback

Monzer Khalil

This will repeat in other places. If Europe and America are honest, to preserve the values they are defending, they should fight this oppression. There should be political pressure on the regime.feedback

Joost Hiltermann

We've thrown values by the wayside, but also not been able to act in our own interests, because we let things go too long.feedback

Yassin al-Haj Saleh - Hafez

The atmosphere in the world is not going toward hope and democracy and the individual. It is going toward nationalism, hatred, the rise of the security state.feedback

Ahmet Üzümcü

While further details of the laboratory analyses will follow, the analytical results already obtained are incontrovertible. Bio-medical samples from seven individuals undergoing treatment at hospitals ... (also) indicate exposure to sarin or a sarin like substance.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

We will provide proof that the regime did indeed organise these strikes with chemical weapons. In a few days, I will be able to provide proof.feedback

Omar Abu Layla

We are simple people, and they talked to us using religion. They are Islam ... But they don't know how to implement it. They take what they want from Islam.feedback

Omar Abu Layla

We don't talk or sit together. They come to see us with their weapons cocked.feedback

Bruce Bechtol

Syrians frequently visit North Korea because of arms deals, but these are events that get little to no publicity.feedback

Bruce Bechtol

It's a gold mine for North Korea. This is the best thing that's ever happened to North Korea–as long as Syria doesn't fall, which could happen.feedback

Bruce Bechtol

Korean analysts should take note of how chemical weapons were used in the Syrian civil war because this is likely going to be a test-bed for future North Korean actions in a conflict with the South.feedback

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

In my opinion, the way information was given was incorrect. The nation was not given the correct information. And then we saw what was said did not materialise. Sanctions continued, new sanctions were imposed, some of them were extended. In the agreement, the capacity for legal follow-up had not been envisaged.feedback

Columb Strack

The capture of Deir el-Zour, the largest city in eastern Syria, could be a life-line for the group's governance project beyond the loss of Mosul and Raqqa.feedback

Muhammad Alrageb

It wasn't just Abd Alkader crying, other journalists did too, I turned my face away and started crying too.feedback

Columb Strack

It is an inconvenient reality that any US action taken to weaken the Syrian government will inadvertently benefit the Islamic State and other jihadist groups. The Syrian government is essentially the anvil to the US-led Coalition's hammer. While US-backed forces surround Raqqa, the Islamic State is engaged in intense fighting with the Syrian government around Palmyra and in other parts of Homs and Deir al-Zour provinces.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

There is an investigation underway (by) the French intelligence services and military intelligence … it's a question of days and we will provide proof that the regime carried out these strikes. We have elements that will enable us to show that the regime knowingly used chemical weapons. It's 100 percent lies and propaganda. It's 100 percent cruelty and cynicism.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

The issue today is not that human rights violations undermine every aspect of our shared values and common work, but rather how the United Nations responds.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Human rights concerns are intrinsic to maintaining peace and security and essential to informing Security Council deliberations and decision-making.feedback

Dubravko Lakos-Bujas

S&P 500 is expected to deliver [its] strongest earnings growth in 22 quarters with momentum driven by recovering U.S. and global economic growth, higher oil prices, and rising rates for financials.feedback

Dubravko Lakos-Bujas

While stronger earnings growth … has typically coincided with a positive … drift for S&P 500, we continue to believe geopolitical risks (upcoming French election, Syria/Russia, North Korea/China) are likely to weigh on equities in the short term and could overshadow the constructive tone from this earnings season.feedback

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Look, the Middle East is a pretty rough neighborhood, and sometimes you have to get together to help them beat the bullies, like Syria. And that was something that certainly needed to be talked about. I think the president's number-one job is to keep Americans safe. That is his priority. That has been the focal point during the campaign as well as since he took office. And if he needs to work with countries like Turkey and others to do that, I think that's his priority, and that's what his focus is.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria.feedback

Tamara Cofman Wittes

The United States gets hung up on process. There's a very strong tendency in U.S. foreign policy to acknowledge and to congratulate for holding elections, even when those elections take place in a pretty unfair context. This is Donald Trump! He is a deeply short-term, deeply transactional thinker when it comes to international relationships. His concern in Turkey right now is its role in Syria and its role in the ISIS campaign. The referendum is nothing more than a distracting delay.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

President Trump and his advisers are rightly concerned about Syria and North Korea. These rogue states, guilty of human rights atrocities, pose the risk of wider violence and destabilization. Syria’s civil war has already created millions of refugees, has rekindled diseases (e.g. polio) that were once thought to be extinct and has allowed the country to become a haven for Islamic State terrorists. And yet, these should be lesser concerns in the bigger scheme.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

I really hope that the kind of unilateral action we recently saw in Syria won't happen (in North Korea) and that the USA will follow the line which President Trump repeatedly set out during his pre-election campaign.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

I hope that there will be no more unilateral actions like the one we have recently seen in Syria while the United States will pursue the course which President [Donald] Trump has announced during his election campaign. If the US vice president meant that Washington could unilaterally use military force, then it is a risky road. I can't say that Obama's presidency was 'an era of strategic patience' because the United States took quite tough steps against North Korea in order to hamper the development of industries important for missile and nuclear programs.feedback

Tammam Sulaiman

But I can understand in the case of North Korea, I can understand why (it) is building its nuclear capabilities to face the American aggression, clear aggression.feedback

Evgeny Zagaynov

Indeed prevention and settlement of armed conflicts are the main prerequisites for correcting human rights situations, and not vice versa.feedback

Jon Ossoff

I don't think the strike in Syria was a step in any direction. I think it was a reasonable response to a discreet event in foreign affairs. I don't think that it constitutes a policy or a strategy.feedback

Jon Alterman

The Saudi concern is strategically Iran... The near-term Saudi concern is how they send a message to the Iranians in Yemen, and they would like full-throated American support. They would also like more American support in fighting terrorism in the Sinai peninsula and they like more American confidence that they are doing it the right way.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

The longer time goes by, it's possible that the case will be made. And there are certain individuals who are working to make that case.feedback

Mike Pence

Just in the past two weeks, the world has witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan. North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of armed forces of the United States in this region. We are with you 100 percent. Even in these troubled times, we stand with you for a free and secure future. The U.S. stands shoulder to shoulder with the Republic of Korea. We will continue to closely consult with South Korea and your leadership as we make decisions moving forward.feedback

Kim Jong-un

I express again a strong support and alliance to the Syrian government and its people for its work of justice, condemning the United States' recent violent invasive act against your country. All options are on the table to achieve the objectives and ensure the stability of the people of this country. There was a period of strategic patience but the era of strategic patience is over.feedback

Mike Pence

Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan. North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region. There was a period of strategic patience but the era of strategic patience is over. The United States is troubled by China's economic retaliation against South Korea for taking appropriate steps to defend itself. But as the president has made very clear, either China will deal with this problem or the United States and our allies will.feedback

Maysa al-Aswad

Hadi was on my lap and Narjis on a chair next to me. When the explosion happened I hugged them both and we fell to the floor. I didn't know what was happening, all I could hear was people crying and shouting. All I can think about is how we survived all the death during the last few years and then could have died just after we finally escaped.feedback

Anthony Lake - UNICEF

After six years of war and human carnage in Syria ... six years of heartbreak for so many Syrian families ... there comes a new horror that must break the heart of anyone who has one. A convoy of families, who for so long had already known so much suffering, now the survivors must bear such a new and terrible loss.feedback

Mike Pence

Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan. North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region. We are with you 100%. North Korea would do well not to test [President Trump's] resolve.feedback

Melissa McCarthy

Yes, you all got your wish this week, Spicey finally made a mistake. As we all know President Trump recently bombed Syria while eating the most beautiful slice of chocolate cake America has ever laid eyes on. That's a fact. It would be really great if the nitpickers could see the bigger picture and didn't focus on every little slur and lie I say.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

If our U.S. colleagues and some European nations believe that their version is right, they have no reason to fear the creation of such an independent group. What has changed is that Trump is now the American president. He reacted with deep emotion to the reports he was receiving of the deaths of Syrian civilians from the poison gas attacks. Voices from the U.S. Congress demanding that the administration seek congressional approval of deeper U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war are being heard. How the president will answer those demands is as yet unclear.feedback

John McCain

This guy [leader Kim Jong Un] in North Korea is not rational. His father and his grandfather were much more rational than he is. We've got to develop a strategy. There is still not an overall strategy that he can come to Congress and his advisers and say, okay, this is how we are going to handle Syria. Here's how we are going to handle post-Mosul Iraq. We've got to have a strategy and I'll give them some more time but so far that strategy is not apparent.feedback

Josh Rogin

Lawmakers will soon begin moving bills to sanction Assad, Russia and Iran.feedback

Pope Francis

At this time support the efforts of those who are actively working to bring relief and comfort to civilians in Syria, the victim of a war that continues to sow horror and death. The latest despicable attack yesterday on fleeing refugees has resulted in numerous deaths and injuries. Bring peace to all the Middle East, from the Holy Land to Iraq and Yemen as well.feedback

Theresa May

The atrocious violence that is being shown against civilians in Syria is at the hands of the Assad regime, and no one should forget that.feedback

Boris Johnson

Which means that we should instead focus relentlessly on the reality of what Assad has done: killed innocents with a banned and abominable weapon.feedback

Boris Johnson

America has struck and could of course strike again. That alone creates an ambiguity that should prey on the guilty minds of Damascus.feedback

Boris Johnson

The Russians saved him. The Russians can help remove him, through a carefully supervised transition process that preserves key institutions of state – and usher in a stable and pluralist future for the country. We all know that we are a very long day's march from any large-scale deployment, any major western engagement in Syria. The lessons of the 2003 invasion of Iraq are painful, and they understandably affect politicians and public on both sides of the Atlantic.feedback

Boris Johnson

The UK, the US and all our key allies are of one mind: we believe that this was highly likely to be an attack by Assad, on his own people, using poison gas weapons that were banned almost 100 years ago, under the 1925 Geneva protocol. In exchange they should commit to produce a real ceasefire, to end the use of chemical weapons and barrel bombs, and to bring about a political settlement that relieves the Syrians of the tyranny of Assad.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late. I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn't know Steve. I'm my own strategist, and it wasn't like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary. I never met Putin, I don't know who Putin is. What I did should have been done by the Obama administration a long time before I did it, and you would have had a much better – I think Syria would be a lot better off right now than it has been.feedback

Zaher al-Sakat

He will not let go of the chemical weapons while he is leader of Syria. If he is forced to leave, he might confess to where some of it is hidden only so it doesn't end up in the wrong hands.feedback

Barack Obama

It's a playbook that comes out of the foreign policy establishment. Where America is directly threatened, the playbook works. But the playbook can also be a trap that can lead to bad decisions. In the midst of an international challenge like Syria, you get judged harshly if you don't follow the playbook, even if there are good reasons why it does not apply.feedback

Mark Toner

The secretary explained there were no subsequent targets after the missile strike, but he did not rule out any future action. He stressed that Russia is in a position to use its influence over the Assad regime to ensure it is never again necessary for the U.S. to act.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I think he wants to help us with North Korea. We're going to see. We're going to see about that.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

President Trump’s approval polling remains dreadful by historical standards. In the latest Marist poll, he draws only 39 percent approval, 49 disapproval (statistically insignificant from a month ago, when his numbers were 38 percent/51 percent). Gallup shows him with 40 percent approval, 54 percent disapproval (up, but not dramatically, from his low point). Overall, his RealClearPolitics average is 41.4 approval/51.6 percent disapproval. All this follows confirmation of his Supreme Court pick, now-Justice Neil Gorsuch, and a show of force against Syria. There are a few takeaways from this.feedback

Ahmad Afandar

I have conviction that we will be back.feedback

Sergei Ryabkov

The exchange of information is taking place but we are not officially sating that the validity of this document has been renewed. That is to say, the amount of information being exchanged is determined, as I understand it, depending on the situation.feedback

Jimmy Kimmel

So Canada's about to become the stoner living in America's attic.feedback

Emily Winterbotham

Afghanistan was not really on the agenda during Donald Trump's presidential campaign, but ISIS was. Clearly Trump has decided that ISIS – whether it is in Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan – is something he is going after.feedback

Theresa May

We believe it is highly likely that the attack was carried out by the Assad regime. Apart from anything else, we believe it's only the regime that has the capability to make such an attack.feedback

Muhammad Darwish

We've moved. We're at the outskirts of the towns. I can't stay. It's more dangerous for a doctor than it is for a fighter to stay.feedback

Abdulaziz Kamilov

During the time he spent abroad, he was recruited by emissaries of international terror organization Islamic State. According to the information available, he actively encouraged his fellow nationals to travel to Syria and to fight alongside Islamic State. He repeatedly sent propagandist videos with terror content to his relatives and other contacts in Uzbekistan, trying to induce them to commit acts of violence against representatives of public authority, leadership and law enforcement of Uzbekistan.feedback

Simon Jenkins

First Syria, now Afghanistan – obscene and pointless bombings. But Donald Trump has tasted the sweet cup of war and no one seems able to control him. Bombs are the fool’s gold of war. Imprecise, expensive and cruel, their strategic utility diminishes the farther they fall from a politician’s desk. The US, with Britain in tepid accord, has been bombing unstable Muslim states for 16 years and has delivered nothing but death and anarchy. But the bombs have warmed the souls of successive presidents and prime ministers. A good explosion reaches parts of the body politic no other policy can reach.feedback

Kathy Lien - BK Asset Management

The U.S. dollar took its cue from yields, weaving in and out of negative territory. President Trump has been flexing his muscles, which makes investors nervous. The situation in North Korea is still uncertain but after Syria and ISIS, North Korea could be Trump's next target.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The secretary-general and I had a productive discussion about what more NATO can do in the fight against terrorism. I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change, and now they do fight terrorism. I said it was obsolete. It's no longer obsolete. The car industry is not going to leave us anymore, believe me. The car industry is staying in our country. They were leaving – if I didn't win this election, you would have lost your car industry to Mexico and to other countries. They're not leaving anymore, believe me. There's retribution if they leave. There was no retribution.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I felt we had to do something about it. I have absolutely no doubt we did the right thing. Things will work out fine between the U.S.A. and Russia. At the right time everyone will come to their senses & there will be lasting peace!feedback

Donald J. Trump

In facing our common challenges we must also ensure that NATO members meet their financial obligations and pay what they owe. Many have not been doing that. I really think that there's going to be a lot of pressure on Russia to make sure that peace happens because frankly, if Russia didn't go in and back this animal, you wouldn't have a problem right now. 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, it's very bad for this world.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I like to think of myself as a very flexible person. I don't have to have one specific way, and if the world changes, I go the same way. I don't change. Well, I do change. And I am flexible. And I'm proud of that flexibility. And I will tell you that attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me, big impact. That was a horrible, horrible thing.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

We have not seen a single fact, or even a hint of facts. I do not know who saw them. No one showed us anything, no one said anything, although we repeatedly asked to produce the details on which these unfounded accusations lie.feedback

Marc Chandler - Brown Brothers Harriman

On the margin, it's an easing of tension. ... The U.S. missile attack is not the beginning of a wholesale military involvement in Syria. North Korea, not clear.feedback

Vladimir Safronkov - UN

We need to find out the facts, conduct a comprehensive investigation. I am amazed this was the conclusion. No one has yet visited the site of the crime. How do you know that?feedback

Bashar al-Assad

We can only allow any investigation when it's impartial, when we make sure that unbiased countries will participate in this delegation in order to make sure that they won't use it for politicized purposes. Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand-in-glove with the terrorists. They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack. We don't have any chemical weapons, we gave up our arsenal a few years ago. You have a lot of fake videos now. We don't know whether those dead children were killed in Khan Sheikhun. Were they dead at all?feedback

Bashar al-Assad

Definitely, a hundred percent for us, it's fabrication. Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand-in-glove with the terrorists. They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack. There was no order to make any attack, we don't have any chemical weapons, we gave up our arsenal a few years ago. Even if we have them, we wouldn't use them, and we have never used our chemical arsenal in our history. Our firepower, our ability to attack the terrorists hasn't been affected by this strike.feedback

Bashar al-Assad

Our impression that the West, mainly the US is hand in glove with the terrorists, they fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack. We don't know whether those dead children were they killed in Khan Sheikhoun, were they dead at all? Who committed the attack if there was an attack? What the materials? You have no information at all, nothing at all, none investigated.feedback

Maria V. Zakharova

We have to figure out what this country's strategy is. No one understands it right now. If you do, share your appraisal with us. Just look, the team … is not fully formed. Even if the key people, the heads of the agencies have been named … there's no layer between them and the work horses. It's just not there.feedback

Andranik Migranyan

Tillerson has to explain what Trump's foreign policy is. What is Trump's foreign policy?feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We discussed our view that Russia, as their closest ally in the conflict, perhaps has the best means of helping Assad recognise this reality.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The level of trust on a working level, especially on the military level, has not improved but has rather deteriorated.feedback

Mark Toner

There can be little doubt that the recent attacks and the chemical weapons attack in Idlib was by the Syrian government, by the Syrian regime and that it wasn't only a violation of the laws of war but it was, we believe, a war crime.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

President Trump would not be the first U.S. president who turned from failed domestic policy initiatives to foreign policy. As we saw even with limited military action against Syria, the public does rally to a commander in chief, especially when America’s moral and pragmatic interests are aligned. Trump is fortunate insofar as Democrats and Republicans are ready to act on several fronts.feedback

Richard Latendresse

I would like to know also, you've been putting in the same sentence Syria, Iraq and North Korea as failed states, Russia's being not a failed state but part of this. Has it become, to use an old expression, the Axis of Evil of this administration? Very quick, last question. With the National Hockey League playoffs just started, will the President cheer for the Rangers or the Caps?feedback

Bashar al-Assad

Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand in glove with the terrorists. They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack. You have a lot of fake videos now. We don't know whether those dead children were killed in Khan Shaykhun. Were they dead at all? He's dreaming, or let's say, he's hallucinating. So we don't waste our time with this statement.feedback

Bashar al-Assad

It's a bit scary how the world is. It's going a bit crazy. What's happening in Syria... hopefully the president of the United States, the presidents of Russia and China, can intervene and find a solution, because if not we don't know where we'll end up. We have to keep living without fear, but these things can happen.feedback

Shinzo Abe

The denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula is our biggest goal and must be achieved at any cost. The security situation around our country is getting increasingly severe. We have just talked about Syria. There is a possibility that North Korea already has a capability to put sarin on warheads to strike the ground.feedback

Ed Rogers

Something akin to the “education of Donald Trump” may be taking place. And with it, a better organized and reality-based White House. To his detractors, the president is flip-flopping. But, as Politico noted earlier today, “Trump is embracing policy and people that are much more mainstream.” In recent weeks, the president has confirmed that NATO is a “great alliance, ” he has confronted Russia in Syria, he has engaged in detente with China and brought attention to the threat from North Korea, and he has continued working with Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare. Perhaps when President Trump told Stephen K. Bannon, Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner and others to “work this out, ” he was instructing them to figure out their roles and responsibilities and how they could work together to serve him best. And if they couldn’t figure out who was doing what, he would make it clear, at someone’s expense.feedback

Chuck Schumer

The best way to get China to co-operate with North Korea is to be tough on them with trade, which is the No. 1 thing China's government cares about. When the president fails to label them a currency manipulator, he gives them a green light to steal our jobs and wealth time and time again.feedback

Jessica Mathews - Mathews

There are a hundred thousand Americans in Seoul, not to mention ten million South Koreans.feedback

Jessica Mathews - Mathews

My understanding is that we cannot protect Seoul, at least for the first twenty-four hours of a war, and maybe for the first forty-eight.feedback

Thomas McInerney

There's a difference between 'protecting' Seoul and [limiting] the amount of damage Seoul may take. A lot of people are going to die, Jessica. But you still prevail.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

We have insisted that we have a very thorough investigation. We want an honest investigation.feedback

Ilya Somin

A recent Washington Post-ABC poll found that 51 percent of Americans approve of Donald Trump’s recent missile strike on Syria, while 40 percent disapprove. As James Hohmann of the Post points out, the really interesting aspect of this poll is the partisan shift relative to the breakdown of opinion the last time a strike like this was contemplated, back in 2013.feedback

Bashar al-Assad

Definitely, 100 percent for us, it's fabrication… Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand-in-glove with the terrorists. They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack. How can you verify a video? You have a lot of fake videos now. We don't know whether those dead children were killed in Khan Sheikhun. Were they dead at all? There was no order to make any attack, we don't have any chemical weapons, we gave up our arsenal a few years ago. Even if we have them, we wouldn't use them, and we have never used our chemical arsenal in our history.feedback

Nikki Haley

We want to work with Russia to advance a political process in Syria. We want Russia to use its influence over the Assad regime to stop the madness and the cruelty we see every day on the ground. Today's vote could have been a turning point.feedback

Vladimir Safronkov - UN

We are convinced that we need to have a full and immediate investigation, and the possibilities for that have not been exhausted. You are afraid of an impartial investigation.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I think it's a very sad day for Russia because they're aligned, and in this case, all information points to Syria that they did this.feedback

Theresa May

Boris Johnson did an excellent job in bringing together the G7, bringing together international opinion and enabling [US secretary of state] Rex Tillerson from the United States to go to Moscow with a very clear message – a consensus from the international community. Russia is on the wrong side of this argument but we are willing to work with Russia to bring an end to the conflict in Syria, to bring about a political solution in Syria, but that political solution has to be without Assad.feedback

Theresa May

That was the clear message the foreign secretary took to the G7 and the G7 gave to secretary Tillerson.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

We are deeply worried by our partners in the U.N. Security Council trying to evade an honest investigation into that episode.feedback

Emily Thornberry

UK foreign policy should be based on human rights and international law. That means putting some distance between us and an unpredictable White House. The world is a more uncertain place today than it has been for decades. We now face a period of renewed – and unexpected – confrontation between the United States and Russia, a civil war in Syria that seems only to be getting worse, and a renewed threat of nuclear sabre-rattling in North Korea.feedback

Polly Toynbee

Thatcher, Major and Blair all bent in the face of NHS crisis – yet through lack of opposition, May and Hammond remain iron-clad adamant: no more money. There is an ebb and flow in reporting on the NHS as Trump, Syria and Brexit dominate front pages. But the pressure-cooker state of the entire service still worsens. This morning’s latest figures are just a snapshot of deterioration – but every target is missed: for A&E, ambulance response times, for treating psychosis within a week, for cancer waiting times, blocked beds and diagnostic tests.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It's hundreds of billions of dollars of year for many many years. And I told them. I said you know, we're not going to let that go ahead. Now, I did say – but you want to make a great deal? Solve the problem in North Korea. That's worth having deficits. And that's worth having not as good a trade deal as I would normally be able to make. Ok, I'll make great deals. They're not currency manipulators. You cannot allow a country like that (North Korea) to have nuclear power, nuclear weapons. That's mass destruction. And he doesn't have the delivery systems yet, but he – you know he will.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Are we going to get involved with Syria? No. I think it's very bad for Russia. I think it's very bad for mankind. It's very bad for this world.feedback

Donald J. Trump

They're not currency manipulators. It's the greatest theft in the history of the world. The single biggest weapon used against us and to destroy our companies is devaluation of currencies, and the greatest ever at that is China. Very smart, they are like grand chess masters. And we are like checkers players. But bad ones. It turns out that, first of all, lots of small companies are really helped, the vendor companies. But also, maybe more important, other countries give [assistance]. When other countries give it we lose a tremendous amount of business.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Right now we're not getting along with Russia at all. That could happen, and it may not happen. It may be just the opposite. I would like to think that they didn't know, but certainly they could have. They were there. Are we going to get involved with Syria? No. I see them using gas ... we have to do something.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Are we going to get involved with Syria? No. But if I see them using gas ... we have to do something. This is an animal.feedback

Art Hogan

We are concerned about Syria and Russia, ... but at the same time we have a very resilient market. That could change if one of these geopolitical hotspots heats up, and there's no way to fully price that in.feedback

Boris Johnson

This puts Russia on the wrong side of the argument. Last week in Syria, a barbaric attack was committed. Today, British scientists have completed an analysis of samples obtained from the site of the attack and concluded that sarin, or a sarin-like substance, was used. Our assessment, like that of the US, is that it is highly likely the Assad regime was responsible. This afternoon in New York, the international community sought to make clear that any use of chemical weapons by anyone anywhere is unacceptable and that those responsible will face consequences.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We're not going into Syria. But when I see people using horrible, horrible chemical weapons ... and see these beautiful kids that are dead in their father's arms, or you see kids gasping for life ... when you see that, I immediately called (Defense Secretary) General Mattis.feedback

Donald J. Trump

They're not currency manipulators. You know we're not going to let that [current trade deficit] go ahead . . . you want to make a great deal? Solve the problem in North Korea.' That's worth having deficits. And that's worth having not as good a trade deal as I would normally be able to make.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

There is a low level of trust between our countries. The world's two primary nuclear powers cannot have this kind of relationship.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

With respect to Russia's complicity or knowledge of the chemical weapons attack, we have no firm information to indicate that there was any involvement by Russia, Russian forces into this attack. What we do know, and we have very firm and high confidence in our conclusions, is the attack was planned and carried out by regime forces at the direction of Bashar al-Assad.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

Unfortunately, we've got some differences with regards to a majority of those issues. This is obviously the subject where our views differ.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I was sitting at the table. We had finished dinner. We're now having dessert. And we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you've ever seen and President Xi was enjoying it. He [Xi] paused for 10 seconds and then he asked the interpreter to please say it again. I didn't think that was a good sign. And he said to me, anybody that uses gases - you could almost say or anything else - but anybody that was so brutal and uses gases to do that young children and babies, it's OK.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

We believe it is fundamentally important not to let these actions happen again. I will be frank, we have a lot of questions regarding very ambiguous and contradictory ideas on the international agenda in Washington. And I'd like to say, apart from words, we saw some very alarming actions regarding the unlawful attack in Syria. It is of paramount importance to avert risks and recurrences of such actions in the future. And to further clarify areas of sharp difference, so we can better understand why these differences exist and what the prospects for narrowing those differences may be.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

It's in our interests not to allow the Islamic State and (the al-Qaida branch in Syria) to hold court in Damascus.feedback

Sean Spicer

Gorsuch was confirmed, the media is saying nice things and nobody is talking about Russia – what a difference 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles can make!feedback

Christopher S. Murphy

[A]n ill-thought out military action with absolutely no overall strategy for Syria risks dragging us further into a civil war in which we cannot tip the scales. And put in the context of U.S. policies that aid the slaughter of civilians in Yemen and deny terrorized Syrians the ability to flee their dystopian existence, a solitary air strike exposes the immoral hypocrisy of this administration's policy in the Middle East.feedback

Donald J. Trump

So what happens is I said, We have just launched 59 missiles, heading to Iraq. Yes heading toward Syria. And I want you to know that. Because I didn't want him to go home, we were almost finished, it was a full day in Palm Beach. We were almost finished. What does he do, finish his dessert and go home and then they say the guy you just had dinner with just attacked a country? He paused for 10 seconds and then he asked the interpreter to please say it again. I didn't think that was a good sign.feedback

Gul Ahmad Azami

We are worried that Afghanistan will become another Syria, with world powers confronting each other here.feedback

Donald J. Trump

You have no idea how many people want to hear the answer to this. I have watched speculation for three days now on what that was like. We're now having dessert. And we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you've ever seen and President Xi was enjoying it. And I was given the message from the generals that the ships are locked and loaded, what do you do? And we made a determination to do it, so the missiles were on the way. I said we've just launched 59 missiles heading to Iraq. Yes – heading toward Syria, and I wanted you to know that. I didn't think that was a good sign.feedback

Christine Pride - Simon & Schuster

Like so many others, I was completely captivated by Bana's tweets from Syria, which were harrowing and heartbreaking and put a human face to this terrible quagmire. Recalling iconic young heroines such as Malala Yousafzai, Bana's experiences and message transcend the headlines and pierce through the political noise and debates to remind us of the human cost of war and displacement.feedback

Ed Rogers

I wrote last week that President Trump might be on a roll - and maybe he is. But politics is never static: Things change and often they change quickly. Even without a sudden, game-changing event, a look at the political horizon offers some difficult, perhaps bleak times ahead for the president and the Republican leadership in Congress. Without having to look too closely, here is the first cut of some of the difficulties that lie ahead.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late. I'm my own strategist and it wasn't like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary. When I saw that, I said we have to do something. Are we going to get involved with Syria? No.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Our meetings today come at an important moment in the relationship so we can further clarify areas of common objectives, areas of common interests even when our tactical approaches are maybe different.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

It is very important for us to understand your position, the US position, the real intentions of your administration. We hope that today we will move forward in this way.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

We have seen just recent highly alarming actions, when there was the unlawful attack against Syria. We believe it fundamentally important not to let these actions happen again in the future. I believe that your visit is quite timely. I believe that it gives us necessary opportunity, as it was discussed by President Trump and President Putin, to have an honest and frank discussion to clear the outlook for the future of our cooperation, first and foremost on the wide anti-terrorist front.feedback

Min Bahadur Sherchan

I want to be the oldest person to scale Everest again to be an inspiration for humankind, a boost for the elderly people and an encouragement for youths. It will be a message for everyone that age is no obstacle to achieving their dreams.feedback

Bryan Carter

Emerging markets have been strengthening from the fundamental case for several months. We made the decision back in September that emerging GDP growth rates ... were re-accelerating, so we thought we were back in a bullish cycle.feedback

Marc Ginsberg

[The Russians] have heard all these arguments before from the Americans. And they don't think that Mr. Tillerson has much behind him to show that he can compel the Russians to do anything. Even though Assad ultimately may be expendable, Russia has an enormous strategic stake in the Assad regime. The United States has no real stake in the future of Syria, provided that we're able to eliminate the threat of extremism that is ISIS as well as the remnants of a resurgent Al-Qaeda inside Syria. If the Russians have doubled down to support Assad, the Iranians have tripled down.feedback

Donald J. Trump

OK, just so you understand, we're not going into Syria, because, you know, there were some questions. Look, what I did should have been done by the Obama administration a long time before I did it and you would have had a much better – I think Syria would be a lot better off right now than it has been. I don't know what happened, but he didn't do it. And in fact, they had a big attack right after he drew the red line in the sand. They had a very big attack and everybody waited, what's going on, and nothing happened. And even the Obama people admitted he was wrong for not doing it.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We have information from a variety of sources that such provocations ... are being prepared in other parts of Syria, including in southern suburbs of Damascus. They plan to use some substances and accuse the Syrian government of using those chemicals. We believe every incident should be properly investigated. Everyone [NATO members] agrees to it, accepts it and start nodding and expressing their support. The working level of confidence in Russian-American relations, especially at the military level, under the administration of Donald Trump has not improved, but rather worsened.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

The strike that we're talking about here today was directed at the people who planned it, who held onto the weapons contrary to what they had promised the international community and United Nations when they said they had gotten rid of those weapons. And the reason for the strike was that alone. There is a limit, I think, to what we can do. And when you look at what happened with this chemical attack, we knew that we could not stand passive on this.feedback

Sergei Ryabkov

Overall, the U.S. administration's stance on Syria is still a mystery to us.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Similar provocations – and I can't call it anything other than that – are being prepared in other parts of Syria.feedback

Sean Spicer

Russia is in an island on this. This is not some big split as to how this actually happened. The only countries that aren't supporting the US's position are Syria, North Korea, Iran and Russia. This is not exactly a happy-time cocktail party of people that you want to be associated with. They are failed states with the exception of Russia.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I think it's wonderful that they abstained. They're not currency manipulators. President Xi wants to do the right thing. I think we had a very good chemistry together. As you know, very few people expected that. And, no, I was not surprised that China did abstain. Great move on delay (by Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!feedback

Boris Johnson

Today, Rex Tillerson has been in Moscow with a clear and unanimous message from the G7 that we stand ready to work with Russia to bring an end to violence and to find a political solution. As part of this political solution, the G7 is unanimous that Assad has no long-term future in Syria. I agree with Rex Tillerson when he says that the Assad family's reign in Syria is coming to an end. We stand ready to work together and I will be talking to my G7 partners in the coming days about how we can continue to strive for a political solution that brings an end to the suffering of the Syrian people.feedback

Donald J. Trump

He said to me, Anybody that uses gases' - you could almost say 'or anything else' - 'but anybody that was so brutal and uses gases to do that to young children and babies, it's OK,' . He was OK with it. He was OK.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

We have seen very alarming actions recently with an unlawful attack against Syria. We consider it of utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future. It's not easy to get clarifications on the current as well as prospective issues because of that.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

Our policy is consistent and it's formulated exclusively on the basis of international law and not under the impact of current opportunistic motives or false choice: 'You are with us or against us,'.feedback

Boris Johnson

Many French people think the time has come to do a deal with their new friends the Russians – and I think that they are broadly right. Does that mean it is morally impossible to work with him? I am not so sure. We need to focus on what we are trying to achieve. Our aims – at least, our stated aims – are to degrade and ultimately to destroy Isil [another name for Isis] as a force in Syria and Iraq. That is what it is all about.feedback

Boris Johnson

Who else is there? The answer is obvious. There is Assad, and his army; and the recent signs are that they are making some progress. Thanks at least partly to Russian airstrikes, it looks as if the regime is taking back large parts of Homs. Al-Qaida-affiliated militants are withdrawing from some districts of the city. Is that a bad thing? I don't think so. It is just not true that whatever is good for Putin must automatically be bad for the west. We both have a clear and concrete objective – to remove the threat from Isil. Everything else is secondary.feedback

Boris Johnson

No option is in principle off the table, but be in no doubt that these so-called military options are extremely difficult and there is, to put it mildly, a lack of political appetite in most European capitals and certainly in the west for that kind of solution at present. So we've got to work with the tools we have – the tools we have are diplomatic. I think the most powerful weapon we have at the moment is our ability to make President Putin and the Russians feel the consequences of what they are doing.feedback

Boris Johnson

But we are open-minded about how that happens and the timescale on which that happens. I have to be realistic about how the landscape has changed, and it may be that we will have to think afresh about how we handle this. The old policy, I am afraid to say, does not command much confidence.feedback

Maria V. Zakharova

It is not clear what they will do in Syria and not only there. Nobody understands what they will do in the Middle East because it is a very complicated region, forgive me for saying such a banal thing. Nobody understands what they will do with Iran, what they will do with Afghanistan.feedback