Then he added: "Trump's strike was symbolic and demonstrative, not decisive".
Ford argued that the USA had always been prepared to carry out an attack against the Syrian government and the recent chemical incident provided them with the ideal excuse.
Since taking office in February, the former Exxon Mobil CEO has admittedly shunned the spotlight and the press.
The appearances come several days after Trump ordered the US military to launch airstrikes on the Syrian airbase believed to be the launching point of Tuesday's chemical weapons attack that killed at least 70 civilians.
Turkey remains committed to a ceasefire in Syria, but Russian Federation must stop insisting that Bashar al-Assad should remain in office, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whose close ties to Russian Federation raised questions during his confirmation hearings, slammed Moscow for either being "complicit" in the chemical weapons attack or "incompetent".
Rouhani went on to reiterate Tehran's stance that the solution to Syria's crisis is a political, not military, one, and said it is necessary under the current circumstances to boost cooperation between Iran, Russia and Syria in the fight against violence and terror.
Mr Trump said in a brief appearance before reporters that he and Mr Xi made "tremendous progress" in their first face-to-face talks and that he believe "lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away".
"We don't see a peaceful Syria with Assad in there", she said.
The hope, he said, is that "we can navigate a political outcome in which the Syrian people, in fact, will determine Bashar al-Assad's fate and his legitimacy".
Sen. Lindsay Graham is calling for as many as 6,000 more US troops to fight the Islamic State group.
Mr Tillerson is due to meet his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow on Tuesday.
Haley did not say the United States had changed its policy.
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Another, John Woodcock, published a video on Facebook saying he plans to stand again, though can't support Corbyn. It was also announced that the date for the general election would be June 8, 2017.
The conversation was initiated by the American side, the statement said.
Joining Trump at the president's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, Tillerson was supposed to focus on the informal summit with Xi. The apparent U-turn in the Trump administration's Syria policy, according to Haley, was a direct result of the latest development in the county.
The news agency reported that during the Friday phone call, the Saudi monarch congratulated Trump for his "courageous decision".
After the cruise missiles crashed down in Syria, Tillerson was calm and commanding in a question-and-answer session with journalists. Surrounded by sycophants who have little policy experience, the Trump administration is thin on worldwide and foreign policy expertise.
"I think as time goes on, every day that has passed, he more and more has understood the gravity of USA leadership", said GOP Sen.
The challenge will be greater in Russia's capital this week.
Tillerson is arriving at a fragile point in U.S. -Russia relations, where he will have to confront the Kremlin's anger over the missile strikes in Syria along with suspicion at home that Moscow may have been complicit in the Syrian government's chemical weapons attack. The strike followed a chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, which the USA believes was carried out by Assad's forces.
While he did not rule out the future use of military force, he said the USA administration was mindful of "the lessons of what went wrong in Libya when you choose that pathway of regime change".
But as lawmakers called on Trump to consult with Congress on future military strikes and a longer-term strategy on Syria, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley described regime change in Syria as a U.S. priority and inevitable.
Beyond Syria are disputes over Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Russian Federation swiftly condemned last week's attack.
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