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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley holds photographs of victims during a meeting at the United Nations Security Council on Syria at the United Nations Headquarters in New York . REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

London – US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could not stay in power in the wake of the chemical attack on the neighborhood of Khan Sheikhoun.

In an interview with CNN on Sunday, Haley said: “There’s not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime.”

“It just — if you look at his actions, if you look at the situation, it’s going to be hard to see a government that’s peaceful and stable with Assad,” she added.

The UN ambassador’s remarks came just a day after she warned that the United States was prepared to take further actions in Syria during a special session at the UN following a US military strike against a Syrian air base.

US President Donald Trump ordered the strike in response to a chemical attack carried out by the Assad regime against civilians in a neighborhood in Idlib.

“If he needs to do more, he will do more,” Haley said when asked if Trump would order more strikes.

“So, really, now what happens depends on how everyone responds to what happened in Syria, and make sure that we start moving towards a political solution, and we start finding peace in that area,” she added.

However, she noted that toppling the Assad regime was not her country’s only priority.

“So there’s multiple priorities,” she said. “It’s — getting Assad out is not the only priority. And so what we’re trying to do is obviously defeat ISIS. Secondly, we don’t see a peaceful Syria with Assad in there. Thirdly, get the Iranian influence out, and then, finally, move towards a political solution, because at the end of the day, this is a complicated situation.”