Trump's latest threat is a response to comments made by Alexander Zasypkin, Russia's ambassador to Lebanon, who on Tuesday evening said Russia would respond to any US strike on Syri by targeting any missiles and launchers.
Trump, Macron and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will have to sort through a range of issues before deciding to act.
Russia, Syria and its other main backer, Iran, have said reports of the Douma attack were fabricated by rebels and rescue workers and have accused the United States of seeking to use it as a pretext to attack the Syrian government.
The tweet was criticized by some lawmakers and military analysts who questioned the wisdom of the president publicly telegraphing his move - something Trump denounced former President Barack Obama for doing.
Although officials said the singular target was Assad's chemical weapons capability, his air force, including helicopters he allegedly has used to drop chemical weapons on civilians, were spared. He added that the Russian military has proof of British involvement, but didn't immediately present it. "Just more Fake News from a biased newspaper!"
President Donald Trump said Thursday that an attack on Syria could take place "very soon or not so soon at all!" Multiple IS terror attacks have targeted France, including one last month.
Russia has the Hmeimim air base in the coastal Latakia province and a naval base in the port of Tartus. According to the U.N. envoy for Syria, an estimated 400,000 Syrians have been killed since 2011. Putin and Macron instructed their foreign and defence ministers to maintain close contact to "de-escalate the situation", the Kremlin said. No doubt he is to blame. Another US ally, Germany, said on Thursday they would not participate in military action in Syria.
Speaking before a meeting with farm state lawmakers on Thursday morning, Trump said he and his team were closely monitoring events on the ground.
"There is still a residual element of the Syrian program that is out there", McKenzie said, adding, "I'm not going to say they're going to be unable to continue to conduct a chemical attack in the future".
"We warned about this long ago", he said.
US President Donald Trump has vowed that missiles would be launched at Syria following a suspected chemical attack, virtually ensuring a military strike against the regime of President Bashar Al Assad. Moscow alleged soon after the suspected April 7 attack that the images of the victims in Douma were fakes.
May's office said they agreed on the need to deter Assad's government from further such attacks.
Unless someone can inject some coherence into Trump's scattershot approach to Syria, a missile attack could do more harm than good. "I don't know what to do". Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday, vowing that "smart" missiles "will be coming". Russia, which has provided military support to Assad, has warned of "serious repercussions" if the United States should strike Syria. Syria's civil war, which began as a popular uprising against Assad, is now in its eighth year.
A global chemical warfare watchdog group, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said its fact-finding mission would go as planned in Douma.
Unfortunately, Trump seems not to have grasped the connection between a troop withdrawal and Assad's use of chemical weapons.
"In particular, there were signs of severe irritation of mucous membranes, respiratory failure and disruption to central nervous systems of those exposed", the United Nations health agency said. The government's capture of Douma, the last town held by the rebels in eastern Ghouta, marked a major victory for Assad.
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