Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Donald Trump holds Syria, Russia 'responsible' for chemical attack

Donald Trump holds Syria, Russia 'responsible' for chemical attack

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned that "missiles will be coming" in response to an alleged chemical atrocity in Syria, as Russian Federation scrambled to deflect blame from its ally Bashar al-Assad.

The president began his morning on Wednesday by warning Russian Federation to "get ready" for "nice and new and "smart" missiles that would soon be fired at Syria. "Get ready Russian Federation because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart'".

Macron also said France, the US and Britain would decide how to respond in the coming days. US President Donald Trump has promised a "forceful" response, and he and his Defence Secretary, James Mattis, have cancelled travel plans this week. In defiant comments Sunday, Assad blasted the West, rejecting any security cooperation or reopening of embassies in Damascus before those countries cut relations with opposition groups.

A military strike against Syria in retaliation for last weekend's suspected chemical attack "could be very soon or not so soon at all!" However, it is unclear if such a mission might affect USA or allied military action in the area. "Or is the trick to destroy all the traces with a smart missile strike and then there will be no evidence for global inspectors to look for?"

In a later tweet Wednesday morning, Trump asserted that "our relationship with Russian Federation is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War". Bush addressed sailors aboard a Navy ship in May 2003 alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organized an insurgency that tied down US forces for years.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said France has proof that the Syrian government launched chlorine gas attacks and that France would not tolerate "regimes that think everything is permitted".

US, British and French attack aircraft, including two US Air Force B-1B strategic bombers, launched stealthy, long-range missiles from outside Syrian airspace, officials said.

US President Donald Trump (left) and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

A broader attack could do more to hamper Syria's ability to produce and use chemical weapons, however, such a strike also increases the chances that the attack would be met with more than defensive measures and the USA could find itself embroiled in a much larger conflict than is now the case.

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"People have to speak out", the Academy Award victor , promoting his annual Tribeca Film Festival, added. This administration is beyond belief. "It has to stop".

"Congress hasn't authorized war against Syria".

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"Since the beginning of the humanitarian operation in Eastern Ghouta terrorists have failed to fake a single so-called chemical weapon attack against the civilian population", he said. The U.S. military fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea, but the strike had little effect as the air base was up and running in just 24 hours.

Both Syria and its main backer, Russia, have denied responsibility and have claimed the reports were fabricated to justify a US attack on Syria.

May will host a Cabinet meeting on Thursday "to discuss the response to Syria", a Downing Street spokesperson confirmed to CNN.

Asked about Trump's tweet about an impending attack on Syria, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, who ran the Pentagon for President Bill Clinton, said on CNN that it "compromises the mission somewhat".

"Last year was about sending a signal", Stavridis said, referring to the April 2017 strike ordered by Trump.

The President promised never to telegraph military action against an enemy, yet all but showcased a coming missile strike on Syria.

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