Tillerson steps up on Syria, Russia after avoiding spotlight

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes a statement about the visit of China's President Xi Jinping and about the situation in Syria at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach

Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio hopes Trump reconsiders ISIS focus in Syria strategy Tillerson: Rubio's remarks "regrettable" With Syria strikes, Trump heads into wrong war in wrong country MORE (R-Fla.) on Sunday said he is concerned about the White House's current Syria strategy in wake of recent US military strikes against the regime of President Bashar Assad.

The U.S. still hopes to shepherd a "political process that we believe the Syrian people will lawfully be able to decide the fate of Assad", Tillerson said Sunday in reference to Syria's president on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos", one of two appearances on political talk shows. "I think that the strategy [Tillerson] seems to be outlining is based on assumptions that aren't goi".

The Florida senator, a longtime proponent of deposing Assad, argued that there can not be peace in Syria "as long as Bashar Assad is in power".

"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", she said.

Syria's government has denied any involvement in Tuesday's attack on Khan Sheikhun, suspected to be the second-deadliest chemical weapons attack since the country's war began in March 2011.

The secretary of state is set to travel to Moscow later this week.

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has cancelled a trip to Russian Federation over its support for Assad, prompting Moscow's foreign ministry to say London has "no real influence".

It killed at least 87 civilians, including 31 children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor.

Syrian civil defense volunteers and relatives try to identify bodies of victims following reported air strikes by government forces in the rebel-held town of Douma on April 3.

. No group claimed responsibility for that blast.

The Iranian President also stressed that his country stands by the Syrian state in its war against terrorism and in the initiatives it proposes to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria that would lead to stopping the bloodshed of the Syrians.

Trump, in a Saturday letter to Congress, said his decision to strike out at Assad's regime was done "in the vital national security and foreign policy interests of the United States".

The Iranian President said that this aggression constitutes a "blatant violation of the Syrian sovereignty and all the global laws and conventions", the agency said.

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