Donald Trump yet to make ‘final decision’ on Syria missile strike
The president has held a meeting with his national security team.
President Donald Trump has emerged from a meeting with his national security team without a “final decision” on how to respond to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr Trump held a meeting on Thursday afternoon with his team to discuss the situation.
But she said “no final decision has been made”.
She said that US officials are “continuing to assess intelligence” and are “engaged in conversations with our partners and allies”.
Mr Trump said earlier that an attack on Syria could take place “very soon or not so soon at all”, arguing he had never signalled the timing of retaliation for the suspected chemical weapons attack that he had suggested was imminent a day earlier.
A Kremlin spokesman warned the US and its allies against any steps that could destabilise the situation in Syria.
Asked about possible US strikes on Syria, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that “it’s necessary to avoid any steps that may fuel tensions in Syria.” He added that it would have an “utterly destructive impact on the Syrian settlement”.
Mr Peskov would not say if Moscow could use a Russia-US military hotline to avoid casualties in a case of a US strike, saying only that “the hotline exists and has remained active”.
Mr Trump warned Russia on Wednesday to “get ready” for a missile attack on its ally Syria.