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Trump to make Syria decision soon
    2018-04-11  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday that his administration will make a decision on Syria in the next 24 to 48 hours.

The reported chemical weapon attack in Syria was “atrocious” and “horrible,” Trump said in a Cabinet meeting broadcast live on TV. “We’ll be making that decision very quickly. Probably by the end of today. We cannot allow atrocities like that.”

“If it’s the Russians, if it’s Syria, if it’s Iran, if it’s all of them together, we’ll figure it out,” he said.

On Saturday, activists said the Syrian forces used chlorine gas in an attack against Douma, the last rebel-held area in the Eastern Ghouta countryside of Damascus, killing at least 40 people. The Syrian Government strongly denied the accusation Sunday.

Also on Sunday, Trump condemned the suspected chemical attack and held the Syrian Government accountable, according to a White House statement.

In a tweet unday morning, he also held Russia and Iran responsible for backing the Syrian Government of President Bashar al-Assad, threatening a “big price” to be paid.

The unexpected rhetoric has sparked concerns over the prospect of the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Syria that Trump has reiterated recently.

Speaking of military action against the Syrian Government, Trump told Monday’s Cabinet meeting that “nothing is off the table.”

Earlier on Monday, U.S. defense chief James Mattis said Washington has not ruled out launching airstrikes against Damascus.

“The first thing we have to look at is why are chemical weapons still being used at all when Russia was the framework guarantor of removing all chemical weapons,” Mattis said.

U.S. media reported that National Security Council principals were holding a “small group” meeting to discuss Syria on Monday, led by John Bolton on his first official day as White House national security adviser.

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Sunday refuted reports purporting that Syrian government forces used chemical weapons in Douma, calling the allegation “fabrication” and “provocation.”  (Xinhua)

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