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

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Nikki Haley warns Republicans on China: 'If they take Taiwan, it's all over' Pence slams Biden agenda in New Hampshire speech 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. 


"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 TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat 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 MattisBiden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet Rejoining the Iran nuclear deal would save lives of US troops, diplomats The soft but unmatched power of US foreign exchange programs 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.