Putin vows to help Syrian regime in case of US attack

Russian military support for the Assad regime has long been a main bone of contention between the two leaders. Then-Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE last year accused Russia of making the conflict much worse by shipping attack helicopters to Assad's forces, and this week Secretary of Defense Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelIntel chief: Federal debt poses 'dire threat' to national security Hagel: Trump is 'an embarrassment' Tax cut complete, hawks push for military increase MORE made waves when he said Syria relied on Russian technology for its chemical weapons program.

Russian obstruction at the United Nations Security Council has also infuriated the administration. The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Samantha PowerSamantha Jane PowerRice’s odd memo: Did Obama withhold intel from Trump? Obama's UN ambassador pans Trump's 'miserably racist' comments on immigrants Former UN ambassador: Most of Trump’s crises are of his own making MORE, on Thursday said Russia was holding the world body “hostage” and that the United States would act alone to preserve U.N. values.

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