President Donald Trump, before his election, described fighting ISIS and seeking Assad's removal at the same time as "idiocy".
One thing that did appear to unite the group was the future of Assad.
G-7 efforts to build a united front against Assad comes just ahead of Tillerson's trip to Moscow, the first for a high-ranking Trump administration official. Thirdly, get the Iranian influence out.
"The regularly scheduled call did go off as normal the next day", Thomas said.
"We have seen it all already", Putin said.
In Bush's previous year in office, 2008, Putin invaded the former Soviet republic of Georgia and Bush told the Russian leader: "Vladimir, you're cold-blooded".
Five days before the Khan Sheikhoun attack, Haley had indicated the U.S. had ditched the Obama administration's policy of removing Assad. United States ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley suggested regime change in Syria was inevitable.
"Is that a long term alliance that serves Russia's interests?"
Officials from the World Health Organisation and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons participated in the autopsies.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the campaign against the Islamic State group is still the main focus of the U.S.in Syria and remains on track.
"Russia must fully honour the commitments it made on Syria, Ukraine, and the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and other topics of global concern".
After meeting Tillerson, Japan's Kishida said "Japan supports the USA commitment in trying to take responsibility to prevent spread and use of chemical weapons and we confirmed Japan and the USA will continue to work together (in that effort)". Russian Federation flatly denies the allegations.
Look at the countries that are standing with them - Iran, Syria, North Korea.
And in February 2016, James R. Clapper Jr., the national intelligence director, told Congress that "we assess that Syria has not declared all the elements of its chemical weapons program". "Russian Federation and Iran will not allow America to dominate the world", the statement said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin immediately showed that he wouldn't back down, saying Russia knew about planned "provocations" to blame Syria's government for using chemical weapons.
The G7 meeting in the Italian city of Lucca followed last week's chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun that left 89 people dead.
That seems to be in line with what the American people want right now. "I think the president has been quite clear: First and foremost, we must defeat ISIS", he said, using the U.S.'s preferred acronym for the jihadist group.
Tillerson is still expected to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, his direct counterpart, during his stop in Moscow, according to Reuters.
Colonel General Sergei Rudskoy, of the Russian General Staff, said Russia will provide security for worldwide inspectors seeking to examine Syrian bases, and that Damascus has agreed to allow the inspections.
"To date, Astana has not achieved much progress", Tillerson said. The talks also include the search for solutions for the conflicts in the Middle East country, in Yemen and Libya, among others, affirms the official document.
As Tillerson landed in Moscow, senior White House officials briefed reporters on declassified US intelligence they said disproved Russia's claim that rebels were responsible for the chemical weapons.
But new airstrikes on Saturday, believed carried out by the Syrian regime or Russian Federation, targeted Khan Sheikhoun again, raising criticism that the U.S. action had been ineffective and should have aimed to destroy the facility's runway.