For days, Trump has been warning Syria and its backers, Russian Federation and Iran, over the suspected gas attack.
While there is nearly next to no chance the weekend's chlorine gas attack on Douma - which killed dozens of Syrians, most of whom were young children - was carried out by anyone other than Assad, and given the United Nations has confirmed the Syrian regime has carried out chemical weapons attacks no fewer than two dozen times since the start of the war, let's not pretend Trump gives two cares about Syria, the Syrian people, or Assad.
Sanders said Trump has made a decision to stay in the United States to "oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world". A new retaliatory strike will nearly certainly inflict greater damage and probably hit more targets important to President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
"He's doing exactly what he criticized Obama for doing", Mara said on Morning Edition.
In response, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page, "Smart missiles should fly towards terrorists, not the legitimate government which has been fighting against worldwide terrorism in its territory for several years", according to a translation by state-run Tass media. Despite the advance notice, Russian Federation made no effort to shoot down the American missiles.
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.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Tuesday that Trump will not attend the 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru or travel to Bogota, Colombia as planned.
Russian Federation had Tuesday warned that any USA missiles targeted at Syria over the assault on a rebel enclave would be shot down and the launch sites targeted. Then, striking a more conciliatory tone, he said: "There is no reason for this. Stop the arms race?" He called for a "strong and joint response" to the attack in the town of Douma on Saturday.
Earlier, Russia's United Nations envoy, Vassily Nebenzia cautioned the U.S.to "refrain from the plans that you're now developing", saying Washington would "bear responsibility" for any "illegal military adventure".
She warned that a USA missile strike could destroy evidence of the use of chemical weapons and thus hinder an objective investigation. The situation on the ground is a patchwork of competing and loosely aligned interests, including Russia, Iran, Turkey and the U.S., which has about 2,000 troops there advising the Syrian Democratic Forces in a fight against Islamic State militants.
"They have threatened us a thousand times".
"We can not tolerate a war criminal", the emir said, adding, "This matter should end immediately". We are totally predictable. The intelligence indicated they were also aiming to strike military airports and bases, the Observatory said.
In last year's attack, two USA destroyers fired 59 Tomahawks.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday that 500 Syrians who were killed or injured in a shelling attack in Douma showed "signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals". If the Syrian government has indeed used chemical weapons, then it has violated an worldwide treaty.
The French president does not need parliamentary permission to launch a military operation.
Russian Federation used its veto to block a USA -drafted measure, while two other proposals from Russian Federation failed to garner enough votes for adoption. Officials suggested such evidence was lacking, or at least not yet at hand. Some stocked up on food and prepared underground shelters while others taunted the US president to go through with his threats. Turkey, which has troops in Syria, saw its currency weaken to a record, while the Borsa Istanbul 100 Index for stocks reversed gains to drop as much as 3.3 percent.
You can look no further than Trump's previous "pin prick" response to Assad using sarin gas 12 months ago for an explanation to why Assad felt emboldened to use chemical weapons again a few days ago.
In the face of intense world outrage, the United Nations Security Council failed to agree a global response to the incident on Tuesday, after Washington and Moscow opposed each other's rival motions to set up an worldwide investigation into chemical weapons use in the seven-year-old conflict.
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"The state of the world can not but provoke concern", he said. That sealed a big victory for Assad, who has now crushed the rebellion in the eastern Ghouta region near Damascus.