Trump promises quick decision on Syria response

Trump Syria attack will be met forcefully

The New York Times: Trump To Decide Soon Whether To Retaliate For "Barbaric Act" In Syria - "President Trump on Monday denounced the suspected chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of people in Syria over the weekend as a 'barbaric act, ' and said he will make a decision in the next 24 to 48 hours about whether to retaliate militarily as he did to a similar assault a year ago".

The US president met with his military leaders in Washington on Monday night to discuss the response to the "horrible attack" on Douma, saying a decision would be made "tonight or very shortly thereafter".

Earlier, President Donald Trump had promised a "big price to pay" for the suspected chemical attack.

The White House announced Tuesday that he would do so.

As U.S. officials consider whether and how to respond, they are looking at what type of chemical agent was used.

If Trump officials "are serious about deterrence, they'll have prepared a series of sustained strikes every time Assad uses chemical weapons", said Robert Ford, the last American ambassador to Syria, in an interview with Middle East news site The National.

According to four US officials who spoke with the news agency, Russian Federation first started jamming American drones several weeks ago because the military feared USA retaliation following a series of chemical weapons attacks on civilians in eastern Ghouta.

Mr Trump did not give a time frame for any retaliatory action, but said the United States could not stand by as such atrocities take place because "we are able to stop it".

"It is not us who wants to alienate Russian Federation, she alienates herself", Ms Pierce added.

While the Syrian presidency of the conference is due to the automatic rotation of member states, Neuer argued that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was nonetheless obliged to speak out "when a UN committee makes obscene decisions which only cast a shadow on the reputation of the UN as a whole".

Prime Minister Theresa May said that the United Kingdom was considering what action was necessary in response to the "barbaric" attack which has left at least 40 people, including children, dead.

President Donald Trump has threatened military action, vowing to respond "forcefully" to Saturday's attack on civilians in the town of Douma and warning that Russian Federation - or any other nation found to share responsibility - will "pay a price".

"We are very concerned when a thing like that can happen. But, we are also working with our allies on any action that is necessary".

Britain now conducts air strikes in Syria from its military base in Cyprus, but only against targets linked to the Islamic State militant group.

"Many dead, including women and children, in the mindless chemical attack in Syria".

The newspaper quoted an unnamed Government minister urging the PM to take direct action rather than risk a new Commons vote, saying: "Why would we want to open that Pandora's box again?"

Trump spoke by phone with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

On Monday the US President condemned the "heinous" chemical weapon attack and said he would decide within the next 24 to 48 hours whether to launch a military reprisal.

He said that Russian Federation has "the necessary means for that and the Americans and their allies know that quite well". "Everybody is going to pay a price".

"We are studying that situation extremely closely".

The US State Department said Mr Johnson and his Washington counterpart had discussed "potential further steps the US and United Kingdom governments might take in coordination with other partners".

The latest assault on Douma came after talks between the Army of Islam and Russian Federation collapsed Friday, ending 10 days of calm for residents trapped inside. Others were found suffocated in their homes, according to first responders.

Syrian regime forces have carried out an offensive against Ghouta since February 18 that has killed more than 1,700 civilians and cornered rebels in their last holdout of Douma.

Despite the global revulsion over the chemical weapons attacks, the death toll from such incidents is in the dozens, a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of combatants and civilians killed since the war began in 2011.

Pence "will expand the regional coalition against Venezuela's dictatorship and demonstrate why the USA should remain Latin America's economic partner of choice", Quintana said.

As the US prepared its response in Syria, Russia reportedly was jamming some USA drones over Syrian airspace, seriously impacting military operations, four USA officials told NBC News.

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