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Despite Strike Support, There's Concern Over What's Next In Syria

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) -- A new CBS News poll shows most Americans agree with President Donald Trump's decision to attack a Syrian air base.  The move helped boost his approval rating, now at 43 percent, but there is still concern about what happens next.

The U.S. missile strikes in Syria topped the agenda at G-7 meetings in Italy, where Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is working to build international support.

"Syria's continued violations of U.N. resolutions and previous agreements that Syria had entered into regarding the Chemical Weapons Accord would no longer be tolerated," said Tillerson.

The attack was in response to the country's use of chemical weapons on its own citizens killing more than 80 people last week.

Trump administration officials said Russia is partly to blame because it was supposed to remove those weapons as part of a 2013 agreement.

"Russia knew about chemical weapons because they were operating exactly from the same base," said Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona).

Russia and Iran are both threatening a strong response if the U.S. launches another attack on Syria but the White House says all options are on the table.

"If we see this kind of action again, we hold open the possibility of future action," said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer during the daily briefing on Monday.  "If you gas a baby, if you put a barrel bomb in to innocent people, you will see a response from this president."

A new CBS News poll shows 57 percent of Americans agree with the president's decision to bomb the air base but few people believe the U.S. should take further military action.

As for Tillerson, he will have a chance to discuss the situation in Syria with Russian officials this week when he makes his first trip to the Kremlin as Secretary of State.


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