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White House: 'No Consensus' Russia Knew About Syrian Gas Attack

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By    |   Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017 03:05 PM

The White House admitted Tuesday there is "no consensus" among U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia was involved in Syria's gas attack on civilians last week.

The topic of Syria was a hot topic during Tuesday's White House press briefing. Press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters the investigation into whether Russia played a role in the incident is ongoing.

"At this point, the only thing I will say is there is no consensus within the intelligence community that there was [Russian] involvement," Spicer said.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that the U.S. government has accused Russia of trying to cover up the Syrian gas attack.

Dozens of Syrian civilians, including children, were killed in the attack. The Syrian government and its President Bashar al-Assad are thought to be responsible.

Spicer said even Adolf Hitler didn't drop chemical bombs on his own people.

"We did not use chemical weapons in World War II," Spicer said. "You had someone as despicable as Hitler who did not even think to use chemical weapons. You have to, if you are Russia, ask yourself, is this a country and regime that you want to align yourself with?

"They have aligned themselves with North Korea, Syria, Iran, and that is not exactly a group of countries you are looking to hang out with. With the exception of Russia, they are all failed states."

President Donald Trump responded to the gas attack by ordering a Tomahawk missile attack on a Syrian air base Thursday night. Russia is one of Syria's allies and blasted Trump's decision.

A U.S. official said this week the U.S. government has concluded that Russia knew about the gas attack ahead of time.

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