Macron: Assad regime used chemical weapons on Syria's Douma

Vladimir Putin Donald Trump Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron

Mr Trump has spoken to British Prime Minister Theresa May and the two leaders talked about the "need for a joint response to Syria's use of chemical weapons", the White House said.

Earlier in the day, Trump told reporters that he was having a very close look at the situation.

May spoke with US President Trump Thursday night about the global response to Syria, and they "agreed that the Assad regime had established a pattern of risky behavior in relation to the use of chemical weapons", according to a Downing Street statement. But U.S. intelligence agencies have not completed their assessment or reached a final conclusion, the officials said.

Trump did not detail what a strike on Syria would look like, or whether these would be U.S. missiles.

What has Trump said about the attack?

Trump had vowed to take swift and decisive action against Syria since reports of a suspected poison gas attack on a rebel enclave that killed dozens of people.

U.S. President Donald Trump (C) delivers a speech at the White House, the United States, on April 12, 2018.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is sending inspectors to Syria, but they are not scheduled to reach Douma until Saturday at the earliest.

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Why is the West considering military action?

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany would not participate in possible military action in Syria, but supported sending a message that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable. May is also expected to speak directly to Trump at some point about the next steps to take against Syria. And we'll see what happens, folks.

US President Donald Trump has cast doubt over the timing of his threatened strike on Syria in response to a reported chemical weapons attack on civilians, saying it "could be very soon or not so soon at all".

Trump has remained in heavy consultation with France and the United Kingdom since the suspected chemical attack, which killed more than 40 people.

"We have proof that last week ... chemical weapons were used, at least chlorine was, and they were used by the Assad regime", he said. "We need to know where that's going, what the goal of it is before we take that act".

Trump's latest comment came in a tweet after warning Russian Federation to "get ready" for a missile attack on its ally Syria. Despite pressures to cease their support of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose regime is implicated in this violence, Russian Federation has remained invested in the conflict due to a historical Cold War relationship, a push towards alliances and other factors.

In response, Trump tweeted that America's relationship with Russian Federation "is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War".

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