Trump cancels overseas trip to address Syria threat

Members of the Security Council vote after presentations for a resolution drafted by the United States for an independent investigation on the use of chemical weapons in Syria during a Security Council meeting Tuesday

A spokeswoman said Mrs May held separate calls with the two leaders on Tuesday and that they agreed the reports of a chemical weapons attack in Syria were "utterly reprehensible" and that they would "continue working closely together".

President Donald Trump on Tuesday cancelled plans to travel to South America this week, choosing to stay home to manage what USA officials hope will be an global response to Syria's apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians.

While Trump has said he wants U.S. troops out of Syria "very soon", he posted tweets condemning the attack and charging that Putin and Iran "are responsible for backing Animal Assad".

Aviation regulators in countries including the United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany have previously issued warnings against airlines entering Syrian airspace leading most carriers to avoid the area.

Saturday's suspected 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.

We are meeting with our military and everybody else.

Saturday's suspected poison gas attack included use of sarin nerve gas, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Vassily Nebenzia said United States attacks on Syria "could lead to grave repercussions" during heated exchanges at the UN Security Council.

Mattis had been asked if the USA was capable of striking President Syrian President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons facilities.

World Health Organization also cited reports about the deaths of more than 70 people who sheltered in basements, saying 43 of those people who died had shown "symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals". That strike did not appear to have had the desired effect of deterring Assad from further use of chemical agents.

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According to Haley, that draft was created to give Russian Federation a chance to approve the investigators who were chosen for the task and allow the Security Council to assess the findings of the investigation before any report was released. "Everybody is going to pay a price". The OPCW has destroyed 100 per cent of all the country's declared toxic stockpiles, but Uzumcu has repeatedly said there were gaps in the declaration by the Syrian regime.

"We can't let that happen".

Trump said no action was "off the table" and also conferred with Vice President Mike Pence and his new national security adviser, John Bolton.

Syrian regime forces have waged an assault since February 18 on Ghouta, that has killed more than 1 700 civilians and left Islamist rebels cornered in their last holdout of Douma, Ghouta's largest town.

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said of the alleged chemical weapons attack: "I am outraged by the continued reports of use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic".

As the US mulled its response, the White House said Trump canceled a trip to Latin America, which was to begin Friday, so that he could "oversee the American response to Syria". Chemicals have been used in other attacks suspected to have been carried out by the Syrian government.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has said it will convene a meeting Monday in The Hague, Netherlands, to discuss the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.

At the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday, Russia vetoed a USA -drafted plan that would have set up a commission to investigate and assign blame for the chemical weapons attack.

"We must not overlook Russian Federation and Iran's roles in enabling the Assad regime's murderous destruction", she continued.

The opposition blamed president Bashar Assad's forces for the attack, accusations the government strongly denies.

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