Anger over Trump's Twitter tip-off to Syria

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

The warnings were exchanged after the United States and several European countries threatened to utilize military action against the Syrian government and its main ally, Russia, in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack over the rebel-held town of Douma.

Trump on Wednesday vowed to thwart Russia's missile defense system in Syria, warning that rockets "will be coming, nice and new and 'smart.'" The President did not specifically refer to the attack's timing in that tweet, but warned Russian Federation to "get ready".

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Pentagon is ready to provide options for a strike but notes the US and its allies are still assessing intelligence on the alleged strike.

The National has learned that prior to the White House meeting, USA military leaders met late on Wednesday at the Pentagon and finalised a package of strikes options for the USA president but that none of these options would debilitate the Assad regime airpower.

She said threats by the United States and France were a violation of the United Nations Charter, and that an Israeli air strike on Saturday had worsened stability in Syria.

"All the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible", she told reporters on Wednesday.

It is important to first acknowledge that the use of chemical weapons is horrific. Oil producer and insurance shares led gainers on the Stoxx Europe 600 Index.

This is the second time in a year that Washington is gearing up to respond militarily in Syria. So it's very hard to get people in because not only has it been hit, it's been surrounded.

Macron did not specify whether France is planning military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.

"I'm not ready to speculate that that would happen", Mattis said. "We will be the winners".

One official said the U.S., France and Britain were considering military options that would be more extensive than the punitive, one-day strike last April. A broader coalition helps build the case for a humanitarian mandate, he said.

It was not clear whether Trump and USA allies would wait for the results of the investigation before deciding on a possible strike. "Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!' You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was also cautious as President Donald Trump met his national security team.

France already has some 1,100 troops involved in its Operation Chammal, created in 2014 to fight Islamic State extremists in Iraq and extended in 2015 to Syria, as part of the US -led coalition.

Despite the Kremlin s stern words, few expect Russian Federation to seek confrontation in Syria.

Coordination between Russian Federation and the USA, the world's two greatest military and nuclear powers, would have positive implications for avoiding a massive escalation.

In Moscow, political and military leaders are likely asking themselves, "What does the [U.S.] president want, what is he trying to get the Syrians to do or not do, and what is he trying to get the Russians to do or not do?" according to Yuval Weber, a global fellow at the Wilson Center think tank's Kennan Institute, which focuses on Russia and Ukraine policy research. An unidentified Syrian Foreign Ministry official cited by state-run TV accused the Americans of sponsoring the lies of "terrorists" as a pretext to attack Syria.

Another year into Syria s war, with chemical strikes continuing, most experts suppose any new USA response must be broader, with perhaps more targets and more than one night of bombing. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!" said Trump in his latest early morning tweet.

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