"And if he does it's going to be very tough, very tough". "Everybody's going to pay a price, he will, everybody will". "He will. Everybody will".
"It will be met, and it will be met forcefully", Trump said before meeting with senior military leaders late Monday.
Both Trump and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said "nothing is off the table". Hence, Congress, prior to such an attack, should pass a resolution authorizing a US war on Syria. A Navy destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, was underway in the eastern Mediterranean after completing a port call in Cyprus. The 2017 attack prompted the U.S.to launch dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield to dissuade Assad from using chemical weapons in the future, officials said.
"We are at the edge of a unsafe precipice", the diplomat said. Russia's United Nations ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, accused Washington of deliberately stoking global tensions by threatening Russian Federation in a tone "beyond the threshold of what is acceptable, even during the Cold War".
Putin sent troops into Syria in 2015 to protect its most strategically important military base in the Middle East and defend and prop up the teetering regime of Bashar al Assad - a long-time ally. "To me there's not much of a doubt, but the generals will figure it out", Trump said.
"It was an atrocious attack".
Cecile Shea, a non-resident fellow in global security and diplomacy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, also said Syria is likely responsible, citing a lack of other forces capable of manufacturing and deploying such chemical weapons. "SAMS and the Syrian Civil Defense demand an immediate cease-fire in the city of Douma and the entry of global investigation teams from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to investigate this heinous chemical attack", SAMS said.
Asked if the United Kingdom would join any US-led military action in Syria, Mrs May said during a visit to Sweden: "What we are now doing is working urgently with our allies to assess what has happened here".
"I think the notion that we would leave Syria is - was a mistake, because we haven't finished destroying ISIS, and because people like Iran and Russian Federation see a vacuum created when the U.S. leaves into which they will run", he told CNN.
Russia, US headed for clash at United Nations over Syria gas attacks probe
United Nations' (UN) chemical weapons experts inspect a site that experienced a sarin gas attack in Zamalka town of Damascus, Syria, August 29, 2013.
Speaking at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, Vassily Nebenzia reiterated Russia's claim that there was no chemical attack over the weekend in the town of Douma near the Syrian capital Damascus.
Murphy said Trump should not act without congressional approval, but he acknowledged the President might anyhow.
Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan spoke by phone Monday with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
The US, France and United Kingdom have led worldwide condemnation of the alleged attack, with the Syrian government and its Russian backers denying any responsibility.
A Lebanese politician with close links to the Syrian government confirmed that precautionary measures were being taken throughout Syria.
The war in Syria is in the news following a suspected chemical weapons attack, in which at least 70 people have died.
Washington earlier presented a draft resolution that would establish a new independent inquiry of chemical attacks in Syria, but diplomats said the measure was unlikely to win Moscow's support.