Decision on US Syria Response to Be 'Made Fairly Soon'
Apr 14 2018 by Lorena Waters
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, welcomed Trump's consideration of "retaliatory action" even as he called the President's tweet "unconventional".
Mrs May has said Britain will co-ordinate its response to the incident in the rebel-held town of Douma - where at least 40 people are reported to have been killed - with the USA and France.
President Donald Trump has canceled his scheduled trip to South America, the White House says, citing growing tensions in Syria as the reason. "We are rapidly reaching that understanding", she said.
Then came the suspected chemical attack in Douma, followed by worldwide condemnation and threats of military action.
Worldwide chemical weapons experts were traveling to Syria to investigate an alleged gas attack by government forces on the town of Douma which killed dozens of people.
Syria said it had invited the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which has blamed the regime for previous attacks, to visit Douma.
It has described the reports of the chemical attack as a "provocation" created to justify Western intervention against its ally.
Russian Federation has dismissed as "bogus" reports of the chemical gas attack in Eastern Ghouta, while Damascus maintains that it has not launched any chemical attacks.
"We are not surprised by such a thoughtless escalation by a regime like the United States regime, which sponsored terrorism in Syria and still does", the state news agency SANA cited an official source in the ministry as saying.
Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Washington also holds Assad's ally "Russia responsible for their failure to stop chemical weapons attacks from taking place".
He said that "intelligence agencies of a state that is now striving to spearhead a Russo-phobic campaign were involved in that fabrication".
The Russians, backers of Assad's government, have requested that the U.N. Security Council meet Friday to discuss Syria and that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres brief the diplomats.
France's Macron earlier called for stepped-up talks with Moscow, and spoke to President Vladimir Putin by phone. "All of those options are still on the table", Sanders said.
"Following a discussion in which every member present made a contribution, Cabinet agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged".
Government forces deny using chemical weapons, as does Russian Federation, which backs Assad in Syria.
Since last weekend, when images of ashen toddlers struggling for breath emerged, there has been a sustained military buildup in the eastern Mediterranean.
President Donald Trump has put off a final decision on possible military strikes against Syria. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war through activists on the ground, there were still rebel fighters inside Douma on Thursday. Mattis told lawmakers he hasn't seen firm proof that Assad's regime was behind the attack, though added that he believed it was. Heather Nauert, a department spokesperson, said officials are still trying to determine what kind of chemical was used in the attack.
Syrian officials have denied that the poison gas attack took place, however, unsettling pictures of men, women and children being treated in make shift medical centres has prompted a massive response from the USA and its European allies who are now threatening action.