Trump seems to row back on promise of strikes

US has not made final decision on military strike at Syria, - White House

US has not made final decision on military strike at Syria, - White House

President Donald Trump is attacking Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Twitter, as he complains about what he calls the "Fake & Corrupt Russia Investigation".

"We've been advised that the president certainly has the power to make that decision", replied White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, when asked during a briefing whether it is within President Donald Trump's power to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

At the time Trump said: "Why can't we just be quiet and, if we attack at all, catch them by surprise?"

Sanders added that US officials are "continuing to assess intelligence" and are "engaged in conversations with our partners and allies".

Trump also wrote back then.

Earlier this week, a missile launch on Syria seemed imminent.

Inspectors with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) as of Thursday were on their way to Syria, and are scheduled to begin their work Saturday, further complicating the timing for any strike.

His anger showed no signs of abating.


"The president will remain in the United States to oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world", Sanders said.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents executed search warrants and seized financial documents and other records possibly related to Trump's contacts with his personal attorney who paid $130,000 in hush money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 presidential election. "Because we haven't laid out any specific actions that we plan to take, I can't tell you exactly what needs we would have to go to Congress with", she said.

"The raid is seismic", Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a former federal prosecutor, told MSNBC, adding such searches by the Federal Bureau of Investigation indicate the possibility a crime was committed.

Trump had already cut the visit short - from five days, to three and, finally, to none.

Oh, my God, they raided Michael Cohen's office.

"This is about getting Donald Trump at all costs even if it means stretching the boundaries of exceptions to attorney-client privilege", said former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo. Some of Trump's legal advisers believe him conflicted, since he is both a potential witness in the Russian Federation investigation and wrote the memo that justified firing former FBI Director James Comey, CNN said. Last month, Trump said USA troops would "be coming out of Syria like very soon".

The combative USA president had been expected in Peru for the Summit of the Americas, where he was likely to face protests and awkward meetings with leaders who have bristled at his repeated portrayal of Latino immigrants as rapists and thugs.

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