Trump Hunkers Down - Cancels Trip to Latin America

Carlos Barria  Reuters FILEPresident Donald Trump walks with Vice President Mike Pence in Washington Dec. 20 2017

Carlos Barria Reuters FILEPresident Donald Trump walks with Vice President Mike Pence in Washington Dec. 20 2017

France is already involved in the US -led coalition created in 2014 to fight the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

The White House insisted Trump was focused on the response to Syria following the country's apparent use of chemical weapons on civilians over the weekend, killing more than 40 people.

It comes after a series of horrendous chemical attacks left 70 men, women and children dead and 500 wounded near Damascus. Trump responded by launching Navy cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield.

US officials tell The Associated Press that the allies have weighed launching a military strike as early as the end of this week. "Sadly, these actions are consistent with Assad's established pattern of chemical weapons use".

"If you took the decision to carry out an illegal military adventure - and we do hope that you will come to your senses - well then you will have to bare responsibility for it", said Nebenzia. This reflects a view in the White House that deeper Russian and Iranian involvement in Syria have complicated calculations about a response to any USA military attack, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

While the Syrian regime has been repeatedly accused of using chlorine as a weapon, it has not yet prompted a military response from the Trump administration.

"Whenever we propose anything meaningful on Syria, Russia vetoes it".

Trump spoke by phone Tuesday with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

In November, Russia blocked the renewal of the independent panel investigating chemical weapons in Syria, and British Ambassador Karen Pierce reminded the council that Tuesday's vote marked Russia's sixth veto related to chemical weapons in Syria.

Ahead of the vote, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said "this resolution is the bare minimum that the council can do to respond to the attack" on Saturday. "We can not tolerate with a war criminal", he said, adding, "This matter should end immediately".

Jarrod Agen, Pence's communications director, said in a statement that the vice president "is honored to represent the United States at" the Latin American summit.

Zasypkin's remarks come as the United States and several European countries threatened to use military action against the Syrian government and its main ally, Russia, in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town. It was not immediately clear whether that visit would delay or avert USA or allied military action.

The foreign ministry of Russian Federation said that the attacks on Douma by the Syrian forces were "planted" to make chances for the intervention of military in Syria. Nervous White House aides expressed new fears about the president's unpredictability in the face of the Cohen raid, which he viewed as an assault on a longtime defender and a sign that Mueller's probe into potential ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign was "going too far". "At the President's request, the Vice President will travel in his stead".

When asked whether Britain would join the United States if Washington decided on further military action in Syria, May on Tuesday declined to answer the question directly but said: "We believe that those responsible should be held to account".

"Meeting expected on Monday", The United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations tweeted on April 8. Russian Federation needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together. Syria and Russian Federation accused Israel of carrying out the attack.

A US Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is in the Mediterranean Sea. In the past, the USA and its Western allies have accused Syria of using Sarin gas against civilians, a charge Damascus denies.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the strike on the T-4 base was a risky development.

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