Trump warns Russian Federation about shooting down missiles in Syria: 'Get ready'

British PM says will speak with Donald Trump regarding Syria chemical attack

British PM says will speak with Donald Trump regarding Syria chemical attack

It's unclear what kind of military action - and its scale - would be used against Syria - if Trump does decide to go down that route.

The U.S. military was ready to provide military options, if appropriate, he added.

U.S. President Donald Trump says the government of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad - who Trump labelled an "animal" - has a "big price to pay" and is threatening a military strike in retaliation for the alleged chemical attack.

Both Trump and his defense secretary Jim Mattis abruptly cancelled upcoming travel plans Tuesday, as the USS Donald Cook - a guided-missile destroyer - moved to within striking range of Syria.

If the USA launches military action against Syria over the suspected poison gas attack, it could not only escalate troubles there but also in the wider region.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said all indications point to the Syrian regime being behind the suspected chemical attack, and that Britain will work with its "closest allies" to hold those behind the attack to account.

Russian Federation is disputing the claim that Assad's government was behind the attack; Trump has said evidence indicates otherwise.

In the midst of a continued investigation into the possibility that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA presidential election on Trump's behalf, Vladimir Putin's support of the Syrian regime has created a new rift between the controversial heads of state.

Trump's warlike tweet apparently came in response to a warning from Russia's ambassador to Beirut, who took to a television network run by the armed group Hezbollah to warn that any U.S. missiles would be shot down "as well as the sources they were fired from". Stop the arms race?

Russian Federation has since aggressively threatened the United States if it were to fire any missiles at Syria in response to the chemical gas attacks.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova hit Trump in a Facebook post: "Smart missiles should fly toward terrorists, not the legal government that has been fighting global terrorism for several years on its territory". Activists and first responders say the attack killed more than 40 people.

An emergency meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is to be convened on Monday to discuss the attack.

The Russian military said later it had observed movements of United States naval forces in the Gulf. But many in his own party say he has been too weak in his stance toward Russian Federation, especially over the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal on British soil last month. "We are rapidly reaching that understanding", she said. A World Health Organization spokesman said, however, the agency can not say the deadly incident was a chemical attack because it can not get into the area.

"Our relationship with Russian Federation is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War", wrote Trump.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday called for a "strong and joint response" to the attack in the Syrian town of Douma on Saturday. The watchdog group has a mandate to "establish facts surrounding the allegations of the use of toxic chemicals, reportedly chlorine, for hostile purposes in the Syrian Arab Republic".

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