Top military officials, including Defense Secretary James Mattis, warned Trump during an afternoon meeting Thursday that he risks escalating USA involvement in Syria if he goes forward with the type of aggressive bombing campaign he has pushed over the past week, according to United States and Western officials briefed on the conversation. A USA guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is in the Mediterranean. This is in contrast to an incident one year ago in which the US government had video and other evidence of certain aspects of an actual attack by Syrian aircraft, which involved the use of sarin gas.
He said Britain had told the White Helmets, who act as first responders in rebel-held areas, to fake the suspected chemical attack in the town of Douma.
A joint military operation, possibly with France rather than the U.S.in the lead, could send a message of global unity about enforcing the prohibitions on chemical weapons and counter Syria's political and military support from Russian Federation and Iran. "A large body of information indicates that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons in Douma on April 7". And we have to know that we're taking every precaution necessary, should we take action.
Haley's message came after her Russian counterpart, Vassily Nebenzia, said he would ask the Security Council to condemn the predawn military strikes on Syria by the U.S., France and Britain - calling the attacks a violation of worldwide law and the U.N. Charter.
"Russia has trashed the credibility of the council", she said. He also said the actions had damaged worldwide relations.
Overnight, US, British and French forces launched more than 100 missiles from ships and manned aircraft, targeting three of Syria's main chemical weapons facilities.
Moscow hit back on Friday with a Russian defence ministry spokesman saying the country had evidence that Britain worked with the White Helmets - a rescue organisation that Moscow has accused of being backed by Western intelligence - to organise the attacks in Douma.
In another tweet Wednesday, Trump made remarks about Russia's remarks of targeting USA missiles.
Trump Orders 'Sustained' Strikes On Syria Until Stops Using Chemical Weapons
Four RAF Tornado jets, operating from Akrotiri, Cyprus, each delivered a "Storm Shadow" missile at a target 15 miles west of Homs. The US has acted to punish the Assad government for using chemical weapons such as sarin and chlorine gas on Syrian civilians.
Skoog said he expects the proposal to be addressed at Thursday's closed-door emergency council meeting on Syria.
"A pre-designed scenario is being implemented", his statement says. Not for decades, they said, had the United States and Russian Federation come so close to a direct military clash.
Putin spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday and urged him to do nothing to destabilise Syria. As the strikes by the coalition aimed merely Syrian facilities, Russian Federation hasn't considered the attack grave enough to undertake retaliatory measures.
"To Iran and to Russian Federation, I ask: what kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?"
Trump has criticized President George W. Bush's administration for the war in Iraq.
Israel held top-level security consultations on Wednesday on the possibility it could be targeted by Syria or Iran if the United States strikes Syrian government forces.
Pompeo described that as evidence "the Russians met their match".
Iran, as well as Bashir al-Assad, have reiterated their determination to fight against illegal attacks on Syrian territory and to pursue their strategy against the terrorists in Syria.