No Final Decision on Syria Strike: White House



Trump tweeted early in the day that Russian Federation should "get ready" to shoot down US missiles in Syria, as it has said it would if the United States struck Bashar al-Assad's government over a suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians just days ago.

Mr. Trump is slated to speak with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May Thursday evening. "The president has a number of options at his disposal and a number remain on the table". As a result of this attack at least 70 people died.

"A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway", he continued.

He and his wife still have family in Syria, which has been in a state of civil war for seven years.

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Sturgeon said the suspected use of chemical weapons was "sickening", but warned that the latest action risked "dangerous escalation".

"The president has not laid out a timetable and is still leaving a number of options on that front", she said.

The announcement comes as the Republican president weighs military strikes in the war-wracked country - and shortly after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the offices of Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Sidney Thomas asked at the hearing on Wednesday in San Francisco what the court should make of statements by Trump and his administration.

Sanders told reporters the White House National Security team met Wednesday to discuss the US response to Syria, and said the administration was "confident" in the "part of the process" where they were.

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The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, based in the Netherlands, announced it was sending a fact-finding team to the site of the attack outside Damascus, and it was due to arrive Saturday.

Rep. Adam Smith, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said he sees no legal justification for a US strike in Syria, absent explicit authorization by Congress. It was not clear whether the presence of the investigators could affect the timing of any USA military action.

"Until we have a more long-term strategy, until we have some idea where we're going in Syria and the Middle East, it seems unwise, to me, to start launching missiles", said Smith, D-Wash.

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