Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov blasted U.S. claims that it has "irrefutable evidence" of election interference. Russia wants the United States to eliminate sanctions on Moscow related to its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
"A successful ouster of a dictator is for me very hard to remember", Lavrov said. One was the United States re-affirm it is committed to attacking the Nusra Front, an al-Qaida affiliated terrorist group that is also fighting to remove Assad from power in Syria.
Trump, meanwhile, told Fox Business News that the USA had no plans to become more deeply involved in Syria and only did so because of last week's deadly chemical weapons attack that killed dozens.
Russia's hopes for a thaw in Russia-US ties following Mr Trump's election have been shattered by the congressional investigation into alleged ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia.
In Washington, Trump said the United States was not getting along "at all" with Moscow, adding that the relationship "may be at an all-time low".
While Defense Secretary James Mattis said Tuesday there is "no doubt" the Assad regime carried out the chemical weapons attack, which killed dozens of children, the Syrian president dismissed such assertions in an interview with AFPTV.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem welcomed global inspectors to visit the base, which Washington claimed had served as a platform for the attack.
The U.S. military official said the Pentagon was examining specifically whether a Russian warplane had bombed a hospital in Khan Sheikhoun five hours after the initial chemical attack, with the aim of destroying evidence. He said U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is considering the request.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that the United States is not trying to get involved in Syria's civil war, but the USA would hit Syrian government targets again if Assad used chemical weapons again. Syria's government has denied responsibilty and has claimed the chemicals were stored on the ground by rebels. "I do not know who saw them".
Trump's top aides said earlier this month that the President was moved by the photos and video of children suffering from the effects of the chemical attack and that those pictures, in a way, compelled him to take action against the Syrian president. But in a Fox Business Network interview, the US president said he wouldn't intervene militarily against Assad unless the Syrian leader resorts to using weapons of mass destruction again. "They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack".
Slate looks at a couple reasons for why President Trump hasn't been almost as pro-Russia as candidate Trump, including the possibility that he's been prevented from following pro-Russia policies by political realities in Washington, or simply that he's changed his mind on Russian Federation.