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President Trump has made “no final decision” on military action in Syria after meeting with his national security team this afternoon, the White House says.
Why it matters: U.S. allies and adversaries alike are waiting for a signal from Trump, who yesterday warned that missiles “will be coming” but has avoided making similar statements today. He tweeted that the response could come “very soon or not so soon at all” and told reporters “we’ll see what happens.”
The latest: The U.S. has blood and urine samples from Saturday’s attack in Syria which “have tested positive for chemical weapons,” NBC News reports, citing officials who said “intelligence from the U.S. and other countries, including images” indicates the Assad regime was responsible.
What’s next: Trump just spoke with U.K. Prime Minister May and will also speak with French President Macron this evening. Both countries appeared to move closer to military action today...
Worth noting: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Tuesday that the kingdom "will be present" in the international response "if our alliance with our partners requires it.”
Go deeper: Trump's options for striking in Syria.
Go deeper: Erica on Trump, TPP and the rise of China.
Participants wave Israeli flags at the main gate of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp during the 'March of the Living.' Photo: Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
The Trump administration has urged Israel several times in the last few weeks to try to solve the crisis that erupted with Poland over a controversial law which makes it illegal to attribute crimes committed during the Holocaust to Poland, Axios contributor Barak Ravid reports.
Go deeper: Read Barak's full report.
Dalits protest the alleged dilution of the Prevention of Atrocities Act in New Delhi on April 2, 2018. Photo: K Asif/India Today Group via Getty Images
Since last week, thousands of Dalits — a broad category of India’s most marginalized populations — have protested a Supreme Court ruling that dilutes a critical piece of anti-discrimination legislation, Georgetown professor Shareen Joshi writes:
The Summit of the Americas, beginning tomorrow in Peru, was to be the centerpiece of President Trump's first visit to Latin America, and the first time he met many of the region's leaders. Instead, he's sending Mike Pence and staying home to focus on Syria.
Why that matters...
What to watch: The theme of the summit is fighting corruption — appropriate given the scandals wreaking havoc around the region, but a bit awkward for a few of the attendees. The most urgent question is whether an agreement can be reached to confront the crisis in Venezuela.
The latest U.S. sanctions on Russian oligarchs and companies have big implications in London, which has long been a playground of the Russian elite. Axios' Shannon Vavra breaks it down:
Abiy Ahmed at the rally. Photo: Zacharias AbubekerAFP/Getty Images
Ethiopia's new leader visited a "hotbed of anti-government protests" yesterday, per AFP, asking for patience and declaring, "We are now on the path of change and love."
Nepali Hindu devotees pull a wooden chariot through crowds during the Bisket Jatra festival, held to mark the Nepalese New Year. Photo: Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images
“No, it’s not a bromance. There is a common interest on both sides to reach an understanding. Any French president wants to have a good relationship with the president of the U.S."— French Ambassador to the U.S. Gerard Araud on the Macron-Trump relationship, speaking today at the Atlantic Council
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