Trump pledges swift U.S. response to Syria chemical attack

Trump pledges swift U.S. response to Syria chemical attack

US President Donald Trump promised forceful action on Monday, saying a decision would be made soon following the suspected chemical weapons attack late on Saturday in the Syrian city of Douma that killed at least 60 people and injured more than 1,000 others.

Much of the commentary in Iranian media has focused on the hawkish John Bolton becoming President Donald Trump's national security adviser on April 9 and what this might mean in terms of possible United States military action against Syria.

Trump told his cabinet colleagues that "atrocious and horrible" attacks like these could not be allowed to happen.

At a photo-taking session in the Pentagon on Monday, Mattis said "the first thing" to consider in how to respond was why chemical weapons are "still being used at all". "Probably after the fact".

Trump also discussed the incident with French President Emmanuel Macron late on Monday, and both leaders expressed a desire for a "firm response". "Everybody is going to pay a price".

"We must not overlook Russian Federation and Iran's roles in enabling the Assad regime's murderous destruction", Haley said.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the not ruling out military airstrikes against Syria in response to the government's alleged use of toxic gas against civilians.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during a Security Council meeting.

That came after President Barack Obama said in August 2012 that there was a "red line" for the Syria that Assad would cross by using chemical weapons - something Coffman referred to in his tweet. Exactly one year ago, the Trump administration launched an attack on a Syrian airfield in response to reports that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against civilians in the province of Idlib. At least 49 people are reported to have been killed in the attack on April 7.

Saturday's suspected poison gas attack unfolded in a rebel-held town near Damascus amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce.

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He also told the Council that Moscow has warned the USA of grave repercussions if it carries out strikes against Syrian forces.

President Trump, who is weighing his options after reports of a horrific chemical weapons attack in Syria over the weekend, vowed to make a decision on a course of action in 24 to 48 hours.

The poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with what the British government says was a military-grade Novichok nerve agent of a type developed by Russia led to the mass expulsion of Russian diplomats by Western allies, to which Moscow responded in kind.

U.S. officials told Reuters that Washington was weighing a multinational military response. "The boorishness against my country is unacceptable and exceeds Cold War standards".

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, condemned Assad and the attacks, and said he would work with the president and Congress for proper short and long-term plans in Syria. In a series of tweets, Trump held Russian Federation and Iran, Syrian President Bashar Assad's chief sponsors, responsible.

Nebenzia alleged that the anti-government forces had chemical weapons and could stage an attack.

Both Syria and Russian Federation, its biggest supporter, have denied involvement in the attack in the rebel-held Douma town, instead claiming that rebel groups had fabricated it to thwart the advances of the Syrian troops and provoke global military intervention. "No hospitals or medicine to ease their pain", she said.

"I have said in the past and I will say it again: What is happening in Syria is genocide of women and children in its cruelest form, using weapons of mass destruction", he said in a statement.

Macron and Trump had again reiterated their desire for a "strong reaction" from the global community, Macron's office said.

The UN's top human rights official, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, warned against what he called a "collective shrug" and "impotent" global response to the possible use of chemical weapons in Douma.