Trump Keeps His Syria Attack Options Open as Russia Urges Calm

by Antonio Miles April 13, 2018, 2:32
Trump Keeps His Syria Attack Options Open as Russia Urges Calm

Trump's anger at Mueller comes after Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the president's personal attorney's Rockefeller Center office and a hotel he was staying in.

Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with Russian Federation to influence the election, including yesterday, when he stated there was "No Collusion or Obstruction (other than I fight back)". On April 6, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned several of Russia's top billionaires and government officials.

A Kremlin spokesman has said claims of a chemical weapons attack were fabricated.

After the US warmongering rhetoric against Syria and its allies, Russian Federation warned the United States against striking Syria.

Rebels in Eastern Ghouta have surrendered their weapons and are leaving the stronghold after one of the bloodiest assaults of Syria's seven-year civil war.

Trump had tweeted earlier that Russian Federation shouldn't be allied with a "Gas Killing Animal", a reference to Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose regime is accused of killing dozens of people in a suspected chemical attack on rebel-held Douma over the weekend. "Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'" he said, warning of a military response.

He said the second priority now is to get inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to the Damascus suburb of Douma where a suspected poisonous gas attack took place last weekend to see what happened - and "that nothing prevents them from doing it".

As per the last statement by United States President Donald Trump over his twitter post, the country is going to attack Syrian government military and infrastructure facilities to stop it from further use of chemical weapons against the rebel-held town of Douma with missile the help of U.S. military strikes.

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He did not elaborate but added that the US military stood ready to provide military options, if appropriate. This was reported by the chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee Vladimir Shamanov, reports Echo of Moscow.

Trump didn't say whether he was referring to a US military strike.

This comes amid tense U.S. -Russia relations.

In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May said all the indications pointed to Syrian government responsibility for the Douma attack and such "a shocking and barbaric act" could not go unchallenged.

Any U.S. strike would probably involve the Navy, given the risk to aircraft from Russian and Syrian air defenses.

U.S. troops arrived in Syria in 2015 and there are now around 2000 soldiers in the country, according to the Pentagon, mostly concentrated on fighting the Islamic State in the country's north-east.

"We will be working with our closest allies on how we can ensure that those who are responsible are held to account", she told reporters on Wednesday.

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