'Wimping Out' or '3D Chess'? Twitter Utterly Confused by Trump's Syria Tweets

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TOPSHOT- A member of the Syrian pro-regime forces fires a machine gun as a comrade holds his feeding ammunition belt during the advance towards rebel-held positions west of Aleppo near Abu al Zuhur military airport in the Idlib

Trump tweeted, referring to Moscow's alliance with Assad.

Later on Thursday, he said: "We're having a number of meetings today, we'll see what happens".

Peskov wouldn't say if Moscow could use a Russian-U.S. military hotline to avoid escalation in the event of a U.S. strike, saying only that "the hotline exists and has remained active".

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday called for a "strong and joint response" to the attack in the Syrian town of Douma on Saturday.

Her remarks come as the USA is banging the drums of war on Syria over allegations of toxic gas use by the Syrian army against the rebels in the capital Damascus' Eastern Ghouta countryside.

May and the US President agreed a need "to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime" and that they would work closely together on the worldwide response.

The extraordinarily provocative tweets come hours after Prime Minister Theresa May bowed to global and domestic pressure and agreed Britain will join France and the United States in a likely military strike on Syria. But she had also made clear the president was holding both Syria and Russian Federation responsible for the attack.

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The president's confusing back-and-forth rhetoric about whether the United States will strike the Middle Eastern country following an alleged chemical attack which Washington blamed on Damascus has sparked some heated debate on his Twitter page. The officials said they were "confident" in the intelligence though not 100 per cent sure, it said.

Syria and its main allies, Russian Federation and Iran, have denied that the government used chemical weapons in the attack and have blamed the allegations on militants, who they say fabricated accounts of the strike to spark worldwide outrage.

Russian Federation announced that it would deploy military police in Douma starting from Thursday to guarantee "law and order in the town and facilitate aid for the local population", Lieutenant General Viktor Pozniher of the General Staff was cited as saying by Interfax on Wednesday.

Skoog said that while the council failed to agree on a way forward, the inaction did not create a "legal vacuum" that would justify air strikes by the United States, France and Britain.

"Any delay in visiting the location of the alleged incident could lead to another reckless move of Washington, which already fired missiles on Syria's Shayrat airbase in April 2017 in violation of the United Nations charter and global law", the ministry said in a statement.

USA officials said it was not clear whether the news would impact a U.S. military strike against Syria, according to Reuters. Vladimir Shamanov, chairman of the defence committee of the lower house, said the vessels had departed the base for their own safety, which was "normal practice" when there were threats of attack.

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