Trump Attempts to Cloud Timing of Potential Syria Strike

Erika Holt
April 14, 2018

Saturday's suspected poison gas attack took place in a rebel-held town near Damascus amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!" the United States president said in his latest early morning tweet on Thursday. Trump said in an early morning tweet on Thursday.

She said: "We are working with our allies, we have been working to get an understanding of what happened on the ground".

Macron did not say what the evidence is; however, he stressed France is in daily contact with the Trump administration and that they will respond "at a time of our choosing, when we judge it to be the most useful and the most effective". "We have the proof that chemical weapons - at least chlorine gas - were used by Assad's regime", Macron told France's TF1 television.

"The president holds Syria and Russian Federation responsible for this chemical weapons attack", she said.

"The Prime Minister said it was a further example of the erosion of worldwide law in relation to the use of chemical weapons, which was deeply concerning to us all".

"We're looking very, very seriously, very closely, at that whole situation", the President said from the Cabinet Room. "We will take decisions in due course, when we see what is most useful and most efficient".

Theresa May is to chair an emergency Cabinet meeting to discuss the latest crisis in Syria amid signs she is preparing to join US-led air strikes against the regime of President Bashar Assad.

It is a far cry from his actions on Wednesday when his tweets raised worldwide tensions, warning Russian Federation that an attack in Syria was imminent.

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By avoiding hitting Russian forces in Syria, experts told Business Insider the U.S. runs a much lower risk of a conflict escalating.

Ministers "agreed the prime minister should continue to work with allies in the United States and France to coordinate an global response", May's office added.

Russia, the Syrian government's most important ally in its seven-year-old war with rebels, said it had deployed military police in Douma on Thursday after the town was taken over by government forces.

MSNBC reported Thursday that the US obtained samples from the attack site in Douma, a suburb of Damascus, and determined that they contained traces of chlorine gas and an unidentified nerve agent. The officials said they were "confident" in the intelligence though not 100 per cent sure, it said.

Russian Federation wants experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to go to Syria as "quickly as possible", with the Kremlin providing help, she added.

The US and its allies have stepped up the war talk over the past days while Russia, Iran and other regional players have invited all parties to exercise restraint and look forward to the outcome of investigations into the matter. "They are a guarantee of the observance of law and order in the town", the defence ministry said in a statement, RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Despite the tension, there were signs of a global effort to head off a direct confrontation between Russian Federation and the West.

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