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Trump Warns Russia Over Countering US Strike In Syria, Blasts ‘Gas Killing Animal’ Assad

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President Trump tweeted out a shocking warning to the Kremlin and Russia that he intends to launch missiles against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. The threat comes on the heels of Russia threatening to shoot down any American missiles launched at Syria.

“Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’” Trump wrote on Twitter. “You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”

Earlier, President Trump stated that the U.S. has “a lot of options militarily” to respond to what has been identified as a chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus by Assad’s government. Trump canceled his trip to South America so he could coordinate a U.S. response to the chemical attack. General Mattis also canceled travel plans.

This will be the second retaliatory strike on Syria and Trump is laying the blame for the chemical attack that killed dozens, including women and children, at the feet of Syria, Russia and Iran. The last strike entailed 59 Tomahawk missiles launched at the Syrian airfield where the last chemical attack was believed to have originated.

In both attacks, Syria, Russia and Iran have denied involvement. The rebels do not have the capability to conduct these strikes and there is overwhelming intel that Assad is indeed behind the attacks. Russia once again blocked a United Nations Security Council resolution that called for an independent investigation to establish whether or not the Assad regime had deployed chemical weapons against a civilian population.

Trump’s early morning tweeted warning to Russia seems to be in response to remarks from Alexander Zasypkin, the Kremlin’s ambassador to Lebanon, who said, according to Reuters, that “if there is a strike by the Americans, then…the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired.” Zasypkin said his comments about a U.S. missile strike echoed remarks from Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian military chief of staff. The remarks were made to Hezbollah’s al-Manar television station. With foreign-policy hawk John Bolton now head of national security and General Mattis at the helm, that did not go over well. Challenge accepted and Russia has been warned.

In regards to military action, both Trump and Mattis have said, “Nothing is off the table.” The suspected chlorine-based poison gas attack took place in a rebel-held town near Damascus amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce. Syrian activists, rescuers and medics said the attack in Douma killed at least 43 people, with families found suffocated in their houses and shelters.

“Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War,” Trump said. “There is no reason for this. Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together. Stop the arms race?” “We can’t let atrocities like we all witnessed — and you can see that and it’s horrible — we can’t let that happen. In our world, we can’t let that happen, especially when we’re able to — because of the power of the United States, because of the power of our country — we’re able to stop it,” Trump declared recently.

The last few hours have seen a dramatic ratcheting up of tensions in the Middle East where Russian forces are propping up dictator Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria and American forces are backing some of his opponents. Britain, France and the U.S. are continuing to discuss possible strikes to punish Assad for the chemical attack. The U.S. military appears to be in position to carry out any attack order with a Navy destroyer – armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles – underway in the eastern Mediterranean. The pan-European air traffic control agency Eurocontrol warned aircraft to be careful when flying close to Syria. It said that air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles could be used within the next three days and there was a possibility of intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment.

The U.S. military is in position to carry out any attack ordered with a Navy destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, getting underway in the eastern Mediterranean after completing a port call in Cyprus. The guided missile destroyer is armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles. The Navy said the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier and its strike group will depart Norfolk, Virginia, as well for a regularly scheduled deployment to Europe. The strike group will be accompanied by a German frigate FGS Hessen, a state-of-the-art vessel specializing in air defense which officials say is the only type of warship in the Western world with three kinds of surface-to-air missiles. Its radar has a detection range of more than 200 nautical miles for air targets.

Trump warned there would be a ‘big price to pay’ and Washington’s UN ambassador Nikki Haley made it clear that the failure to secure a Security Council vote would not hold America and its allies back. “Russia has trashed the credibility of the council,” she said. “Whenever we propose anything meaningful on Syria, Russia vetoes it. It is a travesty.” Haley dismissed the Russian draft as ‘all about protecting the Assad regime’ because of provisions that would have required the Security Council to endorse its findings, in other words, giving Russia a veto over any attempt to apportion blame.

Syria, Russia and Iran have put their militaries on alert and stand-by mode. The U.S. is prepping strikes. Time to dance.

SOURCES: Fox News, The Daily Caller, The Daily Mail, The Hill, The Telegraph, CNN, BBC News, CNBC, Politico

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