Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Donald Trump: Syria attack will be met forcefully

Donald Trump: Syria attack will be met forcefully

According to CBN News National Security Correspondent Erik Rosales, just hours before the United Nations meeting, Secretary of Defense James Mattis released a statement saying the U.S.is not ruling anything out. "This is about humanity, we are talking about humanity, it can't be allowed to happen".

"If it's Russian Federation, if it's Syria, if it's Iran, if it's all them together, we'll figure it out and we'll know the answers quite soon", Trump said. "Everybody's gonna pay a price".

Earlier he told his Cabinet at a White House meeting that the USA would figure out who was responsible for the attack, whether it was Syria, Russia, Iran or "all of them together".

During an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council on Monday. "False information is being planted about the alleged use of chlorine and other toxic agents by the Syrian government forces", the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis yesterday pointed towards Russia's role, and said he would not rule out a military response.

The Pentagon's comments came as Trump prepared to convene with his top military brass Monday night for a working dinner focused on Washington's response to a chemical attack in which dozens of people were killed Saturday night outside of Damascus.

Over the weekend Trump threatened a "big price to pay" for the suspected poison gas attack.

Since 2012, Israel has struck inside Syria more than 100 times, mostly targeting suspected weapons' convoys destined for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which has been fighting alongside Syrian government forces.

Washington's main European allies stood by reports blaming Assad. The Russian military, which has a presence in Syria as a key Assad ally, said its officers had visited the site in a suburb of Damascus, the Syrian capital, and found no evidence to back up reports of poison gas being used.

It comes as a military airfield in Syria came under missile fire yesterday, in apparent retaliation for the alleged chemical attack.

Ms Haley has called for a vote on Tuesday on a draft resolution to set up a new inquiry into the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

"We call on all members of the global community to share any information related to this attack and to hold the perpetrators and their sponsors accountable", she said. They include sea-launched cruise missiles aboard ships within range of Syria.

The UNSC President, Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations, said that he expects the countries' delegations to continue to work on the draft for the rest of Monday and on Tuesday, describing the situation as "very hard".

For Trump Sunday accused Barack Obama of being a weakling for failing to strike Syria after an earlier chemical attack.

Is it the responsibility of the United States to do something about the use of chemical weapons in Syria?

A little more than one year ago, on April 7, 2017, Trump authorized striking Syria's Shayrat Airbase with 59 Tomahawk missiles in response to an alleged chemical attack April 4 in Khan Shaykun, a town in the Idlib Governorate.

More than 500 people, including many children, were bought to medical centers showing signs of chemical attacks. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. He wrote on Twitter that "President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible" for their support of, in his words, "Animal Assad".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called upon the Syrian regime and Russian Federation to open the area to worldwide medical assistance and global monitoring.

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