United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley declared Sunday the strikes on Syria delivered a "heavy blow" to the country's chemical weapons program, "setting them back years."
Haley defended President Donald Trump's strategy in the civil war-torn nation.
"Basically, we will watch his actions," Haley told "Fox News Sunday" of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. "He now dictates his life, and he dictates what happens between the United States, our allies and his regime. And so, hopefully, he has gotten the message."
"It was a pretty strong message," she continued. "Not only did we go after their absolute strongest research facility, we went after their storage units where they hold the products, and we went after their production. So, we put a heavy blow into their chemical weapons program, setting them back years. I'm sure that it's gonna take them a lot to recover from it."
The ambassador bristled, however, at host Chris Wallace's question if the United States had a zero tolerance policy against the use of chemical weapons, why it did not have one against Syria's use of conventional weapons against civilians.
"I think that's just a very unfair question," she said. "In what respect are you asking that?"
"I don't think we've ever said it's OK, period. There is no way that any American or the president would ever say it's OK to kill women and children. I think that we have a lot of issues in the world, and I think we're trying to put out as many fires as we can. We can't control what a country does to its people. We can condemn it, we can acknowledge it, we can try to do everything at the United Nations."
Haley said Trump has a realistic view of U.S. troop involvement in Syria.
"He never thought he would get out in 48 hours," she said. "It is all of our goal to see American troops come home. But we're not going to leave until we know we've accomplished those things. What he has done is talked to our allies and said they need to step up more."
But she strongly supported the president's declaration of "mission accomplished" in the strikes, saying Trump was using the phrase as a "military term."
"We of course know our work in Syria is not done."
"We know that it is now up to Bashar al-Assad on whether he is going to use chemical weapons again and should he use it again, the president has made it very clear that the United States is locked and loaded and ready to go."
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