Asia cautious about Trump changing course on TPP

  • Asia cautious about Trump changing course on TPP

Asia cautious about Trump changing course on TPP

Trump said the strikes were meant to deter the use of chemical weapons like the attack on civilians in the Syrian town of Douma last week, and that the USA was prepared to continue the attacks until the Syrian regime stops using chemical weapons.

Russian Federation said it was likely to call for a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the strikes. He consulted with allies, who shared his anger at the photos emerging from Syria of children and adults apparently killed or sickened by poisonous gases.

Trump also spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May several times by phone this week. He hinted at his plans in bellicose and at times confusing tweets.

He was aiming at a threat altogether closer to home.... "The facts and the responsibility of the Syrian regime are beyond doubt", he said in a statement issued by his office, accusing Damascus of crossing "a red line" set by France in May of a year ago.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis says air strikes on targets in Syria were a "one time shot" to send a strong message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The diplomats and USA officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the private discussions.

Yet some officials expressed more enthusiasm at the prospect.

The decision to strike, after days of deliberations, marked Trump's second order to attack Syria; he authorized a barrage of Tomahawk cruise missiles to hit a single Syrian airfield in April 2017 in retaliation for Assad's use of sarin gas against civilians.

A total of 88 members of Congress from both parties wrote Trump on Friday to urge him to consult with legislators before taking action.

The bill that Trump signed Friday is named for her.

"So there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime", May said. Russia had vowed to shoot down incoming US and allied missiles as Russian military personnel are embedded with the Syrian Arab army at various locations in the country.

As the deliberations dragged on, Trump vented on Twitter. "Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!' You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"

By Thursday, Trump made the final decision to authorize the strike. And Sang-mi, what do we know about the targets of the joint airstrikes?

Trump is betting that periodic shows of American force - in the form of missiles and fighter jets - can convince Assad and his backers not to use chemical weapons again.

In 2013, President Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said images of victims of the purported attack were staged with "Britain's direct involvement, " without providing evidence. "The Syrian regime has a history of using chemical weapons against its own people in the most cruel and abhorrent way", May said.

Shortly after being sworn in as president, Trump pulled the U.S. out of the 12-nation pact and the agreement could not enter into force.

But it also created another group of odd bedfellows - liberals and conservatives upset that Trump neglected to consult Congress.

They included a scientific research facility in the Damascus area, a chemical weapons storage facility west of the city of Homs and a third location that contained both a command post and a chemical weapons equipment storage facility in the same area, the USA military added.