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

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyHeather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job United Methodist churches may cut ties with denomination over push to allow LGBT ministers Nikki Haley: ‘I’m too young to stop fighting’ 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 John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job 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 MattisTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Top US general: Trump wrong on Syria pullout, ISIS defeat 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.