Friday 18 January 2019

US President Trump says Syria attack 'could be very soon or not so soon at all'

US President Donald Trump. Photo: Evan Vucci
US President Donald Trump. Photo: Evan Vucci Newsdesk Newsdesk

US President Donald Trump has tweeted that an attack on Syria "could be very soon or not so soon at all".

Mr Trump also said he "never said when an attack on Syria would take place."

It follows comments he made on Wednesday when he warned Russia of imminent military action in Syria, declaring that missiles "will be coming" and lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Earlier today, British Prime Minister Theresa May summoned her senior ministers to a special cabinet meeting on Thursday to discuss joining the United States and France in possible military action against Syria after a suspected poison gas attack on civilians.

Russia has warned the West against attacking its Syrian ally, which is also supported by Iran, and says there was no chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma.

May recalled the ministers from their Easter holiday for a special cabinet meeting in Downing Street later on Thursday to discuss Britain's response to what she has cast as a barbaric attack that cannot go unchallenged.

The BBC said May was ready to give the go-ahead for Britain to take part in action led by the United States without seeking prior approval from parliament. Downing Street spokesmen repeatedly declined to comment on that report.

"The chemical weapons attack that took place on Saturday in Douma in Syria was a shocking and barbaric act," May told reporters on Wednesday. "All the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible."

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