Haley to Russia: 'We're not going to have you cover for this regime anymore'

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in an interview broadcast Sunday that the Trump administration's response to a chemical attack in Syria sent an important message to Russia.

"The entire administration was in agreement that this was something that had to be done. This was something that needed to tell Assad, 'Enough is enough,'" Haley told NBC's "Meet The Press," referring to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"And this is something to let Russia know, 'You know what? We're not going to have you cover for this regime anymore. And we're not going to allow things like this to happen to innocent people.'"
 
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Last week, the U.S. launched a missile strike on a Syria military air base. The strike was in retaliation for a deadly chemical attack earlier last week in northern Syria that the U.S. has blamed on Assad's administration.
 
Haley said during the interview the U.S. took a "moderate approach," but it's capable of doing much more.

"And you're not going to see the president come out and tell you what his plan is," she said.

"But you are going to know that the president is putting thought on it. He is watching. And he will act, if needed."

She said Russia's initial reaction after the chemical attack was to defend the Syrian government, adding that the U.S. is not going to allow Russia to "have Assad's back anymore."  
 
"What we are going to say is, 'Look, when you have a violation of the chemical weapons issue, and you've got a violation of Security Council resolutions over and over again, and you vetoed, seven times, to protect this war criminal, we're going to call you out on it,'" she said.
 
"We're going to call you out for the fact that you're covering up."
 
Haley said if Russia is going to "aid Assad in chemical weapons use, we'll respond accordingly."