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US Bud Good Friends and foes cautious in Symptoms of softer Trump

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Melinda Barton | 15 April, 2018, 20:14

Friday's strikes appear to signal Trump's willingness to draw the United States more deeply into the Syrian conflict.

Trump said the U.S.is prepared to sustain pressure on Assad until he ends what the president called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.

WASHINGTON-When President Barack Obama considered launching airstrikes against Syria in August 2013 in retaliation for a nerve gas attack that killed hundreds of people, businessman Donald Trump strongly opposed US intervention.

Macron said the attack was "limited to the Syrian regime's facilities enabling the production and employment of chemical weapons".

The Pentagon said the strikes were a "one time shot" to send a strong message to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Russian officials condemned the US -led airstrikes on three sites in Syria early Saturday, calling the attacks "treacherous and insane" and a "clear and present danger to world peace".

Barack Obama had set a "red line" regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria and then backed away from military action.

"NATO has consistently condemned Syria's continued use of chemical weapons as a clear breach of worldwide norms and agreements".

Mark, witnesses in Syria reported hearing large explosions around the capital of Damascus Friday night. "To Iran and to Russian Federation, I ask, what kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?" State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert also confirmed the use of chemical weapons, but said the US was still "looking into" the "exact kind or the mix" of agent used.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday repeated a common theme of the Trump administration: The U.S. goal in Syria is to defeat of the Islamic State while avoiding involvement in the brutal, seven-year civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and driven millions from their homes. He also condemned his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who promised in 2013 that they guaranteed the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons.

"Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace", he said.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who chairs the Armed Services Committee and frequently jousts with Trump on foreign policy, was more blunt in suggesting that the White House needs to explain where it intends to go next.

"If the United States isn't a part of it then that is good for Australia. because it means our Australian beef farmers are getting much market access than U.S. beef farmers", the minister said.

"I want to emphasize that these strikes are directed at the Syrian regime", he said.

The UK defense ministry stated that the strike was executed by four Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s, that launched Storm Shadow missiles at what the UK military claims was a former missile base, some 15 miles west of Homs.

"On Saturday, April 7th, at 7:45 PM local time, amidst continuous bombardment of residential neighbourhoods in the city of Douma, more than 500 cases -the majority of whom are women and children- were brought to local medical centers with symptoms indicative of exposure to a chemical agent".

The bill that Trump signed Friday is named for her.

After the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid and the Syria crisis, Trump abruptly cancelled his trip to South America on Tuesday. He said the airstrikes were launched against several sites that helped provide Assad's ability to create chemical weapons.