Published: Sat, April 14, 2018

Syria chemical attack staged by United Kingdom, claims Russian Federation

Syria chemical attack staged by United Kingdom, claims Russian Federation

Earlier Thursday, Trump appeared to walk back comments in which he warned Russian Federation to brace for missiles, which he said "would be coming".

President Donald Trump has threatened retaliatory military action, prompting a slew of Russian comments that warned that US strikes could trigger direct military clash between the two former Cold War adversaries.

Sen. Mike Rounds said the US should target President Bashar Assad's "command and control system" in retaliation for a chemical-weapons attack on civilians last weekend in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus. Trump wrote on April 12.

Trump's message came roughly 24 hours after he warned on Twitter that USA airstrikes "will be coming", despite a pledge from Russian Federation to shoot down American missiles aimed at its ally Syria.

In another tweet, Trump argued his administration is "doing things that nobody thought possible, despite the never ending and corrupt Russia Investigation, which takes tremendous time and focus".

She also said the strikes could destroy evidence needed to determine if chemical weapons were used in Saturday's attack.

President Donald Trump has threatened to respond "forcefully" to the alleged chemical attack despite strong warnings from Russian Federation. But Trump notably did not rule out plans to attack Syria in retaliation for the weekend's suspected chemical attack on civilians at the hands of the Assad regime.

"The Syrian authorities said they would open all gates for them", he continued.

The tweet, sent early on Thursday morning, comes after a previous message in which Trump told Russia to prepare for missile attacks on Syria, which Russians officials in turn promised to shoot down.

In response, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a Facebook post that "smart missiles should fly towards terrorists, not towards the lawful government".

The Russian military said later it had observed movements of United States naval forces in the Gulf.

Russian lawmakers earlier warned the U.S. that Moscow would view an airstrike on Syria as a war crime, saying it could trigger a direct military clash between the two former Cold War adversaries.

As it looked to head off the threat of Western strikes, Syria said it had invited the OPCW to visit the site of the alleged attack in Douma, a town in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta that is on the verge of falling to the regime after a long and bloody siege.

The White House says President Donald Trump has decided not to attend a summit in South America this week to remain in the manage the crisis.

Trump is slated to speak with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May Thursday evening.

Trump canceled a foreign trip in order to manage a crisis that is testing his vow to stand up to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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