Donald Trump says decision on United States response to Syria chemical attack soon
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 11, 2018,
Apr 11, 2018, 19:37
US Ambassador Nikki Haley told Security Council diplomats that the United States wanted a vote on the measure, even though Russian Federation said it contained "some unacceptable elements".
Trump's comments on Syria were made on John Bolton's first day on the job as National Security Adviser. Republican lawmakers have called for a swift military response from the U.S. It remains unclear what specific actions Trump will take. Recently, Washington stepped up its pressure by kicking out 60 Russian diplomats last month to join Britain's retaliation over the disputed ex-Russian spy poisoning case, and launching sanctions against Russian business leaders and high-ranking officials in the two months over alleged Russian intervention in the USA 2016 presidential elections.
Also on Monday, UK charity Save the Children said worldwide powers "cannot continue to allow the slaughter of children by all sides in Syria to continue with impunity".
Trump spoke by phone with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
Syrian activists, rescuers and medics said the attack in Douma killed at least 40 people, with families found suffocated in their houses and shelters.
The sudden escalation on Syria comes as Trump has publicly and repeatedly vowed to pull U.S. troops - around 2,000 - from the country, saying their main task of destroying the Islamic State is over.
The council was debating a US -drafted proposal to create an independent panel to investigate the attack in Douma, the last rebel-held town in Syria's eastern Ghouta enclave.
"The attack shows clearly that Syria continues to possess lethal weapons and even manufacture new ones".
Daniel Davis, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who is now a senior fellow and military expert at the Washington-based think tank Defense Priorities, said he thought Trump should follow his earlier inclination.
Russian Federation also vetoed an investigation into that attack. The White House announced Tuesday that he would do so.
Mattis, when asked if the USA would consider responding with airstrikes against Syria, as was done past year in response to another toxic gas attack, said: "I don't rule out anything right now".
Currently, the US Navy has no aircraft carriers in the Med, though the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is due to leave Norfolk, Virginia on Wednesday as part of a regular deployment with the Navy's Sixth Fleet, which is headquartered in Naples, Italy.
The Navy also has eight submarines now deployed globally.
A Britain-based monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said at least 14 pro-government fighters were killed in the strike, including allied Iranian forces.
Warnings from US President Donald Trump there would be a "big price to pay" for the alleged attack have raised the spectre of an American strike on Syria, setting up a potential confrontation with regime backer Russian Federation. If he does, it's going to be very tough. "Everybody's gonna pay a price. He will. Everybody will".
Hundreds of people were killed after Assad's regime reportedly launched rockets containing sarin into the rebel-held region of Ghouta.
Russia's United Nations ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the USA of wanting the resolution to fail "to justify the use of force against Syria". "Big price to pay".