Apr 9, 2018 - World

Trump promises U.S. decision on Syria response in next 48 hours

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President Trump told reporters at the White House this morning that he would make a decision in the next 24 to 48 hours on how to respond to the "heinous" chemical attack over the weekend in Syria's eastern Ghouta region. “This is about humanity and it can’t be allowed to happen," he said.

The big picture: Trump had previously promised that there would be a "big price to pay" regarding the attack in a series of tweets yesterday, which featured him calling out Russian President Vladimir Putin by name. This morning, Trump continued with his harsher rhetoric against Russia, saying that Putin "may" be responsible and any response would be "very tough." He added, “If it’s the Russians, if it’s Syria, if it’s Iran, if it’s all of them together, we’ll figure it out.”

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