Donald Trump cancels South America trip in sign Syria military strike imminent
Added 04-10-18 09:35:02pm EST - “President Trump canceled plans Tuesday for his first trip to South America, in another sign that he is preparing to order an imminent military strike against Syria over its deadly chemical weapons attack against civilians in a rebel-held…” - Washingtontimes.com
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President Trump canceled plans Tuesday for his first trip to South America, in another sign that he is preparing to order an imminent military strike against Syria over its deadly chemical weapons attack against civilians in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus.
Syrian government forces were on high alert and taking precautionary measures at military positions across the country. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Syrian government troops were on a 72-hour alert and were fortifying their positions.
Adding to the tensions, Iran, a strong ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, threatened to respond to an airstrike on a Syrian military base on Monday that the Syrian government, Russia and Iran blamed on Israel.
The president consulted other world leaders about holding Mr. Assad accountable for the atrocity Sunday that killed dozens in Douma, a rebel-held suburb of Damascus. The emir of Qatar, meeting with Mr. Trump in the Oval Office, said he and the president agree that Mr. Assad is a war criminal whose continued rule cannot be tolerated.
The White House said Mr. Trump decided to remain in the U.S. this week rather than travel to the Summit of the Americas in Peru on Friday so he can “oversee the American response to Syria” and monitor other developments around the world. Mr. Trump has promised a “forceful” response in Syria.
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