In Washington, U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress he believed there was a chemical attack in Syria, but added a short while later that the United States had not made any decision to launch military action in Syria.
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According to The Guardian, the US, UK and France are already making plans for strikes in Syria that are "intended to punish" the Assad regime following a suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians. "Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and "smart!"
On April 7, several media outlets, citing Syrian militants, accused Damascus of carrying out a chemical weapons attack in the city of Douma, located in Eastern Ghouta.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump held a meeting Thursday afternoon with his team to discuss the situation.
Later, he said: "We're having a number of meetings today, we'll see what happens".
VideoEdward Djerejian, former US ambassador to Syria, discusses President Trump's options in responding to the chemical weapon attack in Syria.
After taunting Russian Federation in his tweets, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Facebook that "smart" missiles would destroy any evidence of a suspected chemical weapons attack.
"I don't want to telegraph what I am doing or what I am thinking", Mr. Trump said.
President Trump announces US military action in Syria
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When a reporter asked him if Vladimir Putin shared responsibility for the attack, Trump responded, "He may, and if he does it's going to be very tough, very tough".
It also showed the intensity of the proxy war being fought in Syria, where the Assad regime is being propped up by Russian Federation and Iran.
The Syrian military has also been re-positioning some air assets to avoid the fallout from possible missile strikes, U.S. officials said. France and the United Kingdom have agreed that action should be taken against whoever was behind the attack, but have stopped short of pointing the finger of blame squarely at the Syrian regime.
Two U.S. Navy destroyers armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles are in position and ready to be called into action, among other assets including jets and submarines should President Donald Trump make good on his threat to order a military strike on targets in Syria.
"Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and "smart!" he tweeted Tuesday".
At least 500 others were treated for symptoms "consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals", the World Health Organization said Wednesday.
State news agency RIA Novosti on Wednesday quoted Andrei Krasov, deputy chairman of the State Duma's defence committee, as saying that Russian Federation will treat a US airstrike on Syria "not just as an act of aggression but a war crime of the Western coalition". Several hours after it was posted, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who's supporting Syrian President Bashar al Assad, said "the state of things in the world can not but provoke concern".
The British Cabinet gave Prime Minister Theresa May the green light to join the US and France in planning military strikes in Syria.
One woman who refused to be identified because of fear for her security described herself as "trembling" and said she stocked up on food and is considering not sending her kids to school.
Sanders adds that USA officials are "continuing to assess intelligence" and are "engaged in conversations with our partners and allies".