WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Sunday defended his use of the phrase â€śMission Accomplishedâ€ť to describe a U.S.-led missile attack on Syriaâ€™s chemical weapons program, even as his aides stressed continuing U.S. troop involvement and plans for new economic sanctions against Russia for enabling the government of Bashar Assad.
Stepping up the pressure on Syriaâ€™s president, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley indicated the sanctions to be announced Monday would be aimed at sending a message to Russia, which she said has blocked six attempts by the U.N. Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons.
â€śEveryone is going to feel it at this point,â€ť Haley said, warning of consequences for Assadâ€™s foreign allies.
â€śThe international community will not allow chemical weapons to come back into our everyday life,â€ť she said. â€śThe fact he was making this more normal and that Russia was covering this up, all that has got to stop.â€ť