President Trump's decision to bomb Syria this week "was really one of the president's finest hours," says US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, speaking with CNN's State of the Union. "He wanted to know exactly what the facts and evidence was. He wanted to know what the options were, what the risks were, and the political strategy and solution side of it. After all of that he made a very, you know, strong decision," she adds, per the Hill. Saying that "if he needs to do more, he'll do more," Haley indicated that regime change was on the table. "If you look at his actions, if you look at the situation, it's going to be hard to see a government that's peaceful and stable with (Bashar al-Assad). Regime change is something that we think is going to happen because all of the parties are going to see that Assad is not the leader that needs to be taking place for Syria." Elsewhere on the Sunday dial:
- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wants to first reduce the ISIS threat, then "I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria."
- National Security Adviser HR McMaster had tough words for Russia's complicity, per the Hill: "Russia should ask themselves, 'What are we doing here? Why are we supporting this murderous regime that is committing mass murder of its own population and using the most heinous weapons available?'"
- Tillerson also weighed in on what he sees as China's understanding of the growing threat in North Korea, per Politico: "I think there's a shared view and no disagreement as to how dangerous the situation has become. And I think even China is beginning to recognize that this presents a threat to even to China's interests as well."
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