Trump Threatens Syria And Russia With Missiles In Early Morning Tweet

Trump Threatens Syria And Russia With Missiles In Early Morning Tweet

The situation in Syria has grown more tense since a suspected chemical attack Saturday in eastern Ghouta that killed at least 40 people. Macron would not require parliamentary approval to launch strikes and he has described chemical weapons use as a red line that must be upheld.

On the other hand, Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, told reporters that he and Trump see "eye to eye" on the Syria issue.

And those words have kept coming.

That's where the USA said planes had taken off before carrying out a chemical weapons attack on civilians in a nearby town, Khan Shaykhun.

Trump has canceled his trip to South America where he was meant to attend the 8th Summit of the Americas. The president also called Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who signed off on Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey a year ago, "conflicted".

The warnings come as the United States and several European countries threatened to use military action against the Syrian government and its main ally, Russia, in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Douma. It was Russia's sixth veto related to chemical weapons in Syria.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said any USA missile strike could be an attempt to destroy evidence of the reported gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma, for which Damascus and Moscow have denied any responsibility.

President Donald Trump's morning declaration that "nice and new and "smart" missiles would soon be fired toward Syria caught most of his aides off guard and came before an agreement had been reached between key U.S. allies, multiple American and Western officials said on Wednesday. "Big price to pay", he said in an April 8 tweet.

A Pentagon spokesman referred all inquiries on Trump's tweet warning Russian Federation to "get ready" because missiles "will be coming" to the White House. But Damascus allies had confirmed that precautionary measures were being taken throughout Syria.

"This attack that took place in Douma is a barbaric attack", May said on Wednesday.

Asked whether the USA military was ready to conduct an attack in Syria if ordered, Mattis replied, "We stand ready to provide military options if they're appropriate, as the president determines".

He described the situation in Syria as "rather tense", but declined to specify how Moscow would respond to a US airstrike against its ally Assad.

Russia's ambassador to Lebanon said any missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launching sites targeted - a stark warning of a potential major confrontation. "You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it", Trump tweeted.

Tass quoted Zakharova as saying, "Smart missiles must strike terrorists, not the legitimate government that has been fighting worldwide terrorism on its territory for several years".

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Iran, meanwhile, has vowed to retaliate for a strike on a Syrian airbase that it blames on Israel.

The Council rejected a third text also proposed by Russian Federation which concerned the work of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission (FFM).

Saudi Arabia Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Wednesday that his country would not sit by and let another supply glut surface, implying that the de-facto leader of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) would continue to withhold supply.

Mrs May said: "All the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible and we will be working with our closest allies on how we can ensure that those who are responsible are held to account and how we can prevent and deter the humanitarian catastrophe that comes from the use of chemical weapons in the future". A global chemical weapons watchdog on Tuesday said it will send a team to investigate the incident.

But even as the agency prepared to deploy, it will not be able to attribute accountability to its findings, says the UN.

"We have half a tool. The facts are a very important part of it, but the other part is that of accountability".

"We can not allow atrocities like that", Trump said during a Cabinet meeting Monday.

But there's a limit to what the U.S. can do.

US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said after the vote that month after month, the Assad regime, with full support of Russian Federation and Iran, has strung along this Council.

On Monday, U.N. Syria peace envoy Staffan de Mistura cited the air base strike along with other recent events in Syria in a briefing to the Security Council, cautioning against a "situation of uncontrollable escalation".

So far though, the Syrians are winning.

Vyacheslav Nikonov, a senior lawmaker in the Kremlin-controlled lower house of parliament, said in televised remarks that the Russian military was getting its electronic countermeasures and air defense assets ready for action.

Zakharova also said a missile strike could destroy evidence of chemical weapons - or perhaps cover up a lack of such evidence.

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