Trump puts off Syria strike decision, will talk to allies

Trump puts off Syria strike decision, will talk to allies

Russian Federation has warned the USA that launching air strikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria could spark a war between the two countries.

"It's too bad that the world puts us in a position like that", said Trump, as Defense Secretary James Mattis headed to the West Wing to present options for a retaliatory strike.

Moscow and the Syrian regime deny that the gas attack took place or that either regime was involved.

The drumbeat of military action appeared to grow louder, as Russian Federation stonewalled diplomatic efforts at the United Nations and France declared "proof" that Moscow's Syrian ally carried out a deadly chemical weapons attack that killed more than 40 Syrians. Trump wrote in a Thursday morning tweet that an attack could happen "very soon or not so soon at all".

"On a strategic level, it's how do we keep this from escalating out of control, if you get my drift on that", he said.

Military strikeUS President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, 11-04-2018. We are totally predictable.

The Pentagon refused to comment further on potential future military operations in response to Trump's tweet.

The White House says it is continuing to assess intelligence and talk to its allies on how to respond.

Rep. Adam Smith, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said he sees no legal justification for a US strike in Syria, absent explicit authorization by Congress.

Shortly after his tweeted warning to Russia, Trump took a more conciliatory tone in lamenting that the U.S. -Russia relationship "is worse now than it has ever been".

The US and the United Kingdom would continue exploring the options with regards to Syria while "working closely together" it added.

"Until we have a more long-term strategy, until we have some idea where we're going in Syria and the Middle East, it seems unwise, to me, to start launching missiles", said Smith, D-Wash.

Trump's administration has sought to show toughness on Russian Federation, with a series of economic and diplomatic actions, including new sanctions last week against government officials and oligarchs.

The country's president has Vladimir Putin has called for a calming of tensions.

British Prime Minister Theresa May summoned her Cabinet back from vacation Thursday to discuss military action against Syria over an alleged chemical weapons attack. France is already involved in the USA -led coalition created in 2014 to fight the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

May has indicated she wants Britain to join in any USA -led strikes in response to the attack in Douma.

She was one of 30 Conservative MPs to reject possible United Kingdom military action against Syria to deter the use of chemical weapons, after a vote was called by the then-Prime Minister David Cameron.

Mr. Mattis said that although the United States has no hard proof, he believes the Syrian government was responsible for Saturday's attack. Multiple IS terror attacks have targeted France, including one last month.

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