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Trump cancels first Latin Ameria trip to 'oversee Syria response': White House

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Melinda Barton | 13 April, 2018, 01:32

Now, Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen - who holds secrets about numerous president's personal and financial dealings - is in the crosshairs.

"In a White House known for chaos, the process of developing the USA response to the Syrian government's alleged latest chemical attack was proceeding with uncharacteristic deliberation, including several national security briefings for President Trump".

Trump pledged "major decisions" on Syria - he is expected to decide by the end of Tuesday whether to launch military strikes in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack blamed on Damascus and its allies. "On Thursday, Mr. Trump tweeted that missiles, "new" and "'smart'" are coming.

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Trump spent Monday evening calling associates to vent and gauge their response to the data.

Another interpretation is that Trump is trying to warn of consequences and give bad actors a chance to get out.

Aides said Trump was fuming on Tuesday over the raids but his future course of action remained unclear. Perhaps there are breakthroughs in the works that will eliminate the need for the attack.

Last year, after another deadly chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria, Trump authorized a military strike on a Syrian government airbase.

"The Twitter disruptions were emblematic of a president operating on a tornado of impulses - with no clear strategy - as he faces some of the most consequential decisions of his presidency, including Syria, trade policy and the Russian interference probe that threatens to overwhelm his administration".

"It's just like everybody wakes up every morning and does whatever is right in front of them", one West Wing aide told The Post.

Trump also revived his broadsides on Rosenstein as well as Rosenstein's boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom he belittled to confidants for recusing himself from the investigation and, in turn, delivering him to Mueller.

Following the raid on Trump's longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, he channeled an unprecedented level of anger toward the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice officials, and is reportedly considering firing deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.

While initially reluctant to get entangled in the war in Syria, the USA is prepared to be more involved than ever. "Whatever is there is what people respond to, and there is no proactive strategic thinking".

Mr. Rosenstein has told Congress that he would dismiss Mr. Mueller only for cause, and people close to Mr. Rosenstein have indicated he would resign if the president ordered him to fire Mr. Mueller. Cohen has steadfastly denied wrongdoing in his $130,000 payment to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and has publicly defended Trump, nevertheless he has confided in associates that he is terrified of being a fall man, in accordance with a person accustomed to his contemplating nevertheless not licensed to speak publicly about private discussions.

Trump has called Mueller's probe a "witch hunt". "No Collusion, so they go insane!"

It's chaos, according to the Post's reporting.

The Times story was based on interviews with a number of White House officials.