Published: Fri, April 13, 2018

Trump says decision on Syria will come fairly soon

Trump says decision on Syria will come fairly soon

President Donald Trump listened, April 10, as he met in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington.

With the United Nations in deadlock over the suspected chemical attack in Syria, the diplomatic option for US President Donald Trump's "forceful response" appears to have disappeared.

Britain has been working with its allies to determine what happened, and "we are rapidly reaching that understanding", she said during a visit to the English city of Birmingham.

Trump had said on Monday to expect "major decisions" on Syria within the coming days. "Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'" he tweeted.

Assad's government and Russian Federation have said there was no evidence a gas attack had taken place and that the claim was bogus.

A team of experts from the global chemical weapons watchdog, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, was travelling to Syria and will start their investigations on Saturday, the Netherlands-based agency said.

The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook sails in the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, Turkey August 28, 2015.

"Again, to our very foolish leader, do not attack Syria - If you do many very bad things will happen & from that fight the U.S. gets nothing!"

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned the Western states against any military action on his homeland.

Trump's threat followed remarks from Russia's ambassador to Lebanon, who reportedly said told a Hezbollah television station this week that Russian Federation would shoot down American missiles fired at Syrian government targets.

US President Donald Trump had earlier warned regime-backer Russian Federation that "missiles will be coming' to Syria over the alleged attack in Douma that rescuers said killed 40 people".

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis responds to reporter's question about military action in Syria during a meeting with Netherlands Minister of Defense Ank Bijleveld at the Pentagon in Washington, April 11, 2018.


Mattis, who was spotted alongside CIA Director Mike Pompeo at the White House on Wednesday, said he stands "ready to provide military options if appropriate".

In February this year, USA forces working alongside Kurdish militia in the east of Syria clashed with regime forces and killed scores of Russians working as mercenaries.

Russian Federation has strongly denied involvement in the Skripal's poisoning and challenged the United Kingdom assessment that novichok was to blame.

More than 2,000 USA troops are in Syria, where a US -led coalition has launched thousands of airstrikes - mostly on Islamic State and other extremists.

Trump cancels travel plans for the end of the week. He said it was "one of the most important victories" of the Syrian government in the war. We are totally predictable.

Trump also appealed for praise in the fight against terrorism.

Trump did not detail what a strike on Syria would look like, or whether these would be USA missiles. "We are continuing to asses [sic] intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies", Sanders said. Trump said, referring Moscow's alliance with Assad.

Shortly after his tweeted warning to Russia, Trump took a more conciliatory tone in lamenting that the U.S. -Russia relationship "is worse now than it has ever been". "Regimes that think they can do everything they want, including the worst things that violate worldwide law, cannot be allowed to act".

In Moscow, the head of a Russian parliamentary defence committee, Vladimir Shamanov, said Russia was in direct contact with the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff about the situation.

Russian Federation has deployed air defense systems in Syria, including its sophisticated S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile system.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday France has "proof" that chemical weapons were used by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's regime.

"All the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible", May said.

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