Haley: Russian hands 'covered in blood' from Syria attack

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyPolitical figures pay tribute to Charles Krauthammer Charles Krauthammer dies at the age of 68 Trump praises South Carolina governor ahead of runoff MORE slammed Russia over a deadly chemical attack on Syrian civilians, saying the country's hands are "covered in blood."

"The Russian regime, whose hands are all covered in the blood of Syrian children, cannot be ashamed by pictures of its victims," Haley said during a U.N. Security Council meeting on Monday. 

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"We must not overlook Russia and Iran's roles in enabling the Assad regime's murderous destruction," she continued. 

Russia and Iran have been strong supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.

Haley also took aim at Assad.

"Only a monster does this. Only a monster targets civilians and ensures there are no ambulances to transfer the wounded. No hospitals or medicine to ease their pain," she said. 

“The monster who was responsible for these attacks has no conscious," she added. 

Dozens of Syrian civilians were killed on Saturday during a reported chemical attack on the rebel-held Syrian city of Douma, which is about 10 kilometers northeast of Damascus. 

The Syrian government and the Kremlin have denied involvement in the attack. 

Russian envoy to the U.N. Vassily Nebenzia said on Monday the attack was staged, and that any U.S. military response could have "grave repercussions."

"There was no chemical weapons attack," Nebenzia told the Security Council. 

“Russia is being unpardonably threatened," he said. “The boorishness against my country is unacceptable and exceeds Cold War standards."

Tensions between the U.S. and Russia have intensified following the attack. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN analyst Kirsten Powers: Melania's jacket should read 'Let them eat cake' CNN's Cuomo confronts Lewandowski over 'womp womp' remark Sessions says FBI agent Peter Strzok no longer has his security clearance MORE condemned the attack in a tweet on Sunday, even calling out Russian President Vladimir Putin by name. 

Trump on Monday said that he would make his decision on how to respond to Syria in the next "24 to 48 hours," calling the chemical attack "heinous."

  

Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Pentagon asked to prep housing for up to 20K migrant children | Senators move to block F-35 transfer to Turkey | Trump Mar-a-Lago trips cost Coast Guard M Pentagon asked about housing 20K migrant children at military bases Senate moves to block F-35 transfer to Turkey MORE on Monday did not rule out military action against Syria. 

“The first thing we have to look at is why are chemical weapons still being used at all when Russia was the framework guarantor of removing all the chemical weapons,” Mattis said.