Trump declares US-Russia relations may be at 'all-time low'

Moscow has strenuously objected to Trump's decision to launch 59 U.S. Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air base that the U.S. says was used to pummel civilians with nerve gas, resulting in 87 deaths. He followed up his aggressive statement with more tough talk at Monday's Group of Seven meeting in Italy, saying that Russian Federation failed its responsibility to rid the Syrian regime of chemical weapons and prevented peace by propping up Assad.

Stopping just short of accusing Russian Federation of complicity with the sarin gas attack against civilians April 4, Trump said it's "certainly possible" that Russian Federation had advance knowledge of the use of chemical weapons by its ally. -Russian relations - which echoed a similar assessment made by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hours earlier in Moscow - came Wednesday after a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House.

After the session, the Syrian ambassador was asked by CNN to comment on President Donald Trump's remarks in an interview that Assad was "an animal". "No", Trump said in the interview, which aired Wednesday in the U.S. Tillerson acknowledged "sharp" differences between Moscow and Washington as he headed into a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Reacting to the USA strike Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Washington had carried out an "unjust and unabashed assault" against Syria which "shows nothing but short-sightedness, a narrowness of vision and blindness to political and military realities".

"Frankly, Putin is backing a person that's truly an evil person", Trump said, referring to Assad.

"The Trump administration came in with a set of problems and a level of disagreement that are more hard to just put aside in the way the Bush and Obama administrations had been able to do", said Stephen Sestanovich, a Council on Foreign Relations expert who was USA ambassador-at-large for the former Soviet Union from 1997 to 2001.

Meanwhile, Tillerson said that he and Lavrov discussed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at length and that he made clear that the Trump administration has come around to the view that the Syrian President can not stay in power.

Trump's relations with Russian Federation are also a domestic issue, as United States intelligence agencies have accused Moscow of using computer hacking to intervene in the election to help Trump win.

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More than 80 people were killed in what the United States has described as a nerve gas attack that Syrian president Bashar Assad's forces undoubtedly carried out.

The meeting comes as early expectations of an easy rapport between the Trump administration and Russian Federation are crashing into reality.

But such hopes appeared optimistic as the diplomats outlined their sharply diverging views on Syria.

Until the chemical attack, the Trump administration had sought to step back from the United States position that Assad should leave power. But Tillerson repeated the administration's new belief that "the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end". And he suggested that possible war crimes charges could be levied against the Syrian leader.

The civil war is separate from the USA -led effort against the Islamic State group in the north of the country.

While the most immediate U.S.

Looking at the resolution's supporters sitting around the horseshoe-shaped table in the Security Council, Safronkov said: "You are afraid of an impartial investigation". Putin chafed over Bush's support for popular revolutions against pro-Moscow leaders on Russia's borders, and strongly opposed America's 2003 Iraq invasion.

In Paris, French President Francois Hollande said: "Russia bears a heavy responsibility" by systematically opposing multilateral action to protect its Syrian ally Assad. "Are we going to get involved with Syria? No", Trump said. But, he added, "I see them using gas. we have to do something".