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Report: Trump Considering Military Retaliation Against Syria

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By    |   Thursday, 06 Apr 2017 12:51 PM

President Donald Trump has told some members of Congress that he's considering military action against Syria in retaliation for the chemical attack earlier this week that killed nearly 90 civilians, CNN reported.

The report comes a day after Trump strongly condemned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the attack which killed 87 thus far, including 27 children.

"Their deaths was an affront to humanity," Trump said Wednesday in remarks with King Abdullah of Jordan at the White House.

"These heinous actions by the Assad regime cannot be tolerated. The United States stands with our allies, across the globe, to condemn this horrific attack," Trump said, adding that it "crossed many lines with me."

CNN reported that Trump is discussing options with Defense Secretary James Mattis but stressed that a decision has not been reached.

Though autopsies have confirmed that a chemical, most likely Sarin, was used in the attack, it's still unclear and unconfirmed which side attacked.

For its part, Assad's regime denied having any part in the attack and Russian President Vladimir Putin warned against a rush to judgment.

"The Syrian army has not, did not and will not use this kind of weapons — not just against our own people, but even against the terrorists that attack our civilians with their mortar rounds," Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said.

Russia also stood by its longtime ally, with Putin warning against a rush to judgment.

In a Kremlin statement, Putin underlined "the unacceptability of making unfounded accusations against anyone before a thorough and impartial international investigation is carried out."

The Agence France-Presse contributed to this report.

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President Donald Trump has told some members of Congress that he's considering military action against Syria in retaliation for the chemical attack earlier this week that killed nearly 90 civilians, CNN reported.
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