Nikki Haley
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Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, says that until Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is out of power, she does not see a political solution to the conflict in Syria.

"There's not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime," Haley told CNN in an interview which will air on Sunday, and of which excerpts were released on Saturday night.

"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.

Haley's remarks come a day after she warned that the United States was prepared to take further actions in Syria following a U.S. military strike against a Syrian air base.

President Donald Trump ordered the strike in response to a chemical weapons attack against civilians in the Idlib province earlier in the week.

American officials say the attack was carried out by the Assad government, which denies using chemical weapons.

Haley reiterated her statements about further actions in Syria in her interview with Tapper.

"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."

Haley said she thought a regime change would occur because "all of the parties are going to see that Assad is not the leader that needs to be taking place for Syria."

At the same time, she noted that ousting Assad was not the U.S.'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."

Haley's recently declared that the Trump administration does not consider it a priority that Assad be removed from power.

She later said that the United States does not believe that the Syrian people want Assad as their leader any longer.

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