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Donald Trump to consult allies as U.S. considers Syria response

Donald Trump to consult allies as U.S. considers Syria response

She says there have been no decisions yet on whether to strike Syria despite the president's tweet Wednesday morning threatening to fire "nice and new and 'smart!'" missiles.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders insisted on Wednesday that a missile strike remains one of the many options on the table and said the President's tweet does not complicate the planning of a US response. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!", the President tweeted. "Where is our 'Thank you America?"

On Saturday, a chemical weapons attack in the rebel-held Syrian town of Douma was blamed on Syrian President Bashar Assad. "Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'" Trump wrote online.

Donald Trump said he was shocked and disgusted by the sick attack and would make a decision on a suitable response this week.

The national security team is expected to meet at the White House Thursday for further discussions, according to three sources familiar, but it is not clear if the President will take part in that meeting.

Trump is facing criticism for sending conflicting signals on his Syria policy.

USA diplomats and military leaders have pushed back, and publicly, indicating much needed to be done.




Macron said France had proof the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out the chemical weapons attack, adding that his government will not tolerate "regimes that think everything is permitted". "The victory of Syria will change the map of the region and the world", she said, adding that Israel is feverishly trying to prolong the Syrian war.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova responded to Trump's tweet by saying that "missiles should fly towards terrorists, not [Syria's] lawful government, which has spent several years fighting against global terrorism on its territory".

French President Emmanuel Macron will reportedly decide on a response in the coming days.

Russian media, including the respected business daily Kommersant, reported on Thursday that Russian officials were in contact with the Pentagon over the coming strikes and expected to receive coordinates of the targets before the attack in order to prevent an accidental conflict.

The U.S.is now assessing eight targets for a potential military response, sister news outlet CNBC separately reported.

Trump's characterization of the relationship between the two powers mirrors comments made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov following the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats from the USA and the closing of a Russian embassy in Seattle last month.

"The situation is tense", Peskov said, adding that Russian Federation is calling for an "unprejudiced and objective investigation before making judgements" on the suspected use of chemical weapons.