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Watch: Nikki Haley sends very powerful message to any country that dares defend Syria's 'atrocities

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley declares that any country that wants to defend Syria must do it in the open for the entire world to see. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley is not messing around.

When Bolivia requested Friday that the U.N. Security Council hold an emergency "closed door" meeting to address President Donald Trump's decision to strike Syria on Thursday, Haley laid down a powerful message to any country that dared to defend Syria's "atrocities."

"This morning, Bolivia requested an emergency UN Security Council meeting to discuss the events in Syria. It asked for the discussion to be held in closed session," Haley said in a statement. "The United States, as president of the Council this month, decided the session would be held in the open."

"Any country that chooses to defend the atrocities of the Syrian regime will have to do so in full public view, for all the world to hear," she declared.

The emergency Security Council meeting later took place early Friday afternoon. At that meeting, Haley defended Trump's decision to go ahead with the strike in Syria, which targeted an airbase the Assad regime used to dispatch chemical weapons.

"The moral state of the Assad regime could no longer go unanswered. His crimes against humanity could no longer be met with empty words. It was time to say enough. But not only say it, it was time to act," Haley said at the meeting.

During the meeting, Haley also cautioned that the U.S. is prepared to take further action if the Assad regime doesn't stand down and stop attacking its own people.

Most world leaders rallied around Haley, Trump and the U.S. on Friday following the strike, but at Friday's Security Council meeting, several nations voiced their displeasure with the U.S.

Bolivia's U.N. ambassador called Trump's strike an "extremely serious violation of international law" and alleged that the U.S. represents a "serious threat to international peace and security."

The Russians also piled on in the meeting, calling the strike "aggression against a sovereign state."

Great Britain came to the defense of the U.S. and pummeled Russia.

"Russia sits here today humiliated by its inability to bring to heel a puppet dictator," said UK U.N. ambassador Matthew Rycroft.

Trump's decision to send nearly 60 missiles to a Syrian air base came after the Syrian regime attacked its own people with sarin gas earlier this week. The attack left at least 86 Syrians dead and dozens others injured.

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