Trump vows action on Syria chemical attack

President Trump beforehand took to Twitter to condemn the'sick humanitarian disaster early Sunday

President Trump beforehand took to Twitter to condemn the'sick humanitarian disaster early Sunday

That, in turn, triggered a tweetstorm from Trump, who fired back: "Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria". Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and "smart!'", Trump tweeted.

The Russian military reserves the right to shoot down missiles and destroy launch sites in the event of U.S. aggression against Syria, Moscow's envoy to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin has warned.

Syria's state news agency Sana initially called the reported missile strike on the Tiyas airfield a "suspected USA attack", but later dropped the reference to the US. Instead, it cited reports that 70 people who were sheltering in basements were killed, with 43 of the deaths "related to symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals".

Speaking at a Cabinet meeting, Trump promised a "major decision" over the next 24 and 48 hours and said one may come as soon as the end of the day.

The United States, Britain and France say the incident bears all the hallmarks of a strike ordered by the regime, which has been blamed for previous attacks by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Calling for Mr Trump to launch strikes against the Syrian regime, Mr Rasmussen said it would be "extremely important" for the United Kingdom to join the USA in any action and claimed "military pressure can facilitate political and diplomatic solutions" in the Syria's long conflict. The Syrian army could not be immediately reached for comment.

The council voted two more times on draft texts put forward by Russian Federation, but both measures failed to garner the nine votes required for adoption, laying bare divisions at the top United Nations body over Syria. On Monday, Russia's Defense Ministry claimed that two Israeli F-15 warplanes launched eight guided missiles from Lebanese territory, targeting the T-4 base in central Syria.

The Syrian government has called U.S. threats to attack "reckless", saying they endanger worldwide peace and security.

Asked whether the USA military was ready to conduct an attack in Syria if ordered, Mattis replied, "We stand ready to provide military options if they're appropriate, as the president determines".

A chemical weapons attack in a rebel-controlled city near Damascus over the weekend left dozens of civilians dead and over a thousand more wounded. The U.S. president added in a second post that "Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together".

"I see nothing to indicate that President Trump has constrained the possible military responses", Cafarella said.

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump chided the Obama administration for talking too much about when and where it would attack the Islamic State in Iraq, ruining the element of surprise. The missile strikes did little long-term damage to Syrian government forces and Assad's position has only become stronger with Iranian and Russian support.

The commander in chief and his advisers are deciding on a response to the Syrian government's alleged chemical weapons attack on its own people.

Trump said no action was "off the table" and also conferred with Vice President Mike Pence.

U.S. envoy Nikki Haley said Russian Federation - a Syrian military backer - had the "blood of Syrian children" on its hands and branded President Assad a "monster".

Oil hit its highest in more than three years on Wednesday after Saudi Arabia said it intercepted missiles over Riyadh and worldwide tensions about Syria grew.

Both Syria and Russian Federation deny a chemical attack took place, and have reached an evacuation deal with the Jaish al-Islam rebels who hold Douma.

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