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>> The suspected gas attack in Syria drawing outrage in Washington Tuesday, with the shocking images of dead children filling screens, the White House condemning Syria's government in an off-camera briefing, but also pointing at the Obama administration.>> These heinous actions by the Basar Al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration's weakness and irresolution.
>> But the White House steering clear of any suggestion of immediate action by the US. Reporter Mark Hosenball is following this story.>> The area would be regarded by the Syrian government, Assad's government, as a nest of Sunni rebels. You remember, there was a similar attack alleged in the suburbs of Damascus four years ago.
And there was a lot of talk and chest thumping from the United States government, the administration of President Barack Obama, and then he basically did nothing. So it's entirely possible that Assad is taking the belief, especially given Trump's statements about supporting the Russians even, in going after the rebels in Syria, that he's not taking seriously the likelihood of any big reaction from the outside world against it.
>> The reported attack coming days after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley both indicated regime change in Syria is no longer a US goal. But Haley on Monday saying that doesn't mean the U.S. now accepts Assad's continued hold on power.>> No, it doesn't mean that the U.S. will accept it, it's that we don't think the people want Assad anymore.
We don't think that he is going to be someone that the people want to have. But we continue to strongly condemn the actions of Assad and what he has done. And he continues to be directly on our radar.>> The change in U.S. policy drawing a rebuke from Republican Senator, John McCain Tuesday, calling it a disgraceful chapter in American history.
The UN security council set to hold an emergency meeting on the attack with the US presiding on Wednesday morning. UN war crimes investigators say they're looking into the use of chemical weapons in one Syrian town, and a subsequent attack on a medical facility where the injured were being treated.