A day after
“Never said when an attack on Syria would take place,”
Trump has been weighing U.S. military options in Syria in the wake of Saturday’s chemical attack that killed at least 40 people. Syrian President Bashar Assad is suspected to have ordered the attack as part of an ongoing war against both the Islamic State group and various antigovernment forces. According to the U.N. envoy for Syria, an estimated 400,000 Syrians have been killed since 2011.
Defense Secretary James Mattis said Wednesday that the U.S. and its allies are mulling how to respond to the attack.
“We are still assessing the intelligence, ourselves and our allies,” Mattis said. “We’re still working on this.”
But Trump’s early morning tweet Wednesday suggested U.S. military action was inevitable.
“Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria,”
The tweet was criticized by some lawmakers and military analysts who questioned the wisdom of the president publicly telegraphing his move — something Trump denounced former President Barack Obama for doing.
On Thursday, Trump also pushed back against
“If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him,”
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