Addressing the United Nations Security Council Saturday, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said the United States is “locked and loaded” should Syrian President Bashar al-Assad opt to attack his people with chemical weapons again.
Haley also appeared to take a dig at former President Barack Obama, saying that when Trump “draws a red line”, he enforces it.
"Last night, we obliterated the major research facility that it used to assemble weapons of mass murder," Haley said at U.N. Security Council meeting called by Russia, which has condemned the Friday night strike on Syria's chemical weapon capabilities by the U.S., France and Britain. "I spoke to the president this morning and he said if the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded."
"When our our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line," Haley added.
Haley also indicated the U.S. has evidence that Assad’s regime was behind the chemical attack last weekend, and that Russia -- who called the Security Council meeting -- was hindering the world’s ability to keep Syria’s use of chemical weapons in check.
"Chemical weapons are a threat to us all," Haley said. "They are unique threat, a type of weapon so evil that the international community agreed they must be banned. We cannot stand by and let Russia trash every international norm that we stand for."
In her remarks, Haley noted that the recent U.S. missile strike “obliterated the major research facility” that Syria “used to assemble weapons of mass murder”.