Trump warns Russian Federation to 'get ready' for United States missile strikes on Syria

The tweet comes as Trump weighs how to punish Damascus after President Bashar al-Assad's forces carried out an April 7 chemical attack on civilians, killing at least 40 people.

The former official spoke on condition of anonymity, lacking authorization to speak publicly about planning.

In a Wednesday morning tweet, the president called Assad a "gas killing animal" and scorned Russian Federation for associating with the Syrian leader.

Mrs May spoke to President Trump over the phone on Tuesday afternoon to discuss their joint response to the attack.

Earlier on Wednesday, Trump in a Twitter post warned Russian Federation to "get ready" because United States missiles would be headed towards Syria. "Those are contradictory goals".

But Russia might not be so quick to retaliate - the country probably doesn't want to get into a shooting war with the US either.

Senior Russian officials said that any U.S. military action would find a response.

WHO is now coordinating the health cluster response for people displaced from East Ghouta and stands ready to provide more assistance to newly-accessible areas of East Ghouta as soon as access is granted. Lindsay Graham saying Monday the USA should "destroy" the Syrian air force. "The use of chemical weapons can not go unchallenged".

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"The department does not comment on potential future military actions".

The Navy has destroyers in the Mediterranean capable of firing Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles, which have a range of 1,000 miles.

The meeting will be held immediately after a briefing on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, which is scheduled for 10:00 am (1400 GMT), diplomats said.

In response, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a Facebook post that "smart missiles should fly towards terrorists, not towards the lawful government". Assad did not respond.

The Russian military said on March 13 that it would respond to any USA strike on Syria by targeting any missiles and launchers involved.

"If Russian or Iranian troops are harmed by the USA attacks, that would broaden the scope of the conflict - perhaps sparking retaliation against the other countries, " he said.

The United States and many of its allies have blamed the Syrian government for an alleged chemical attack in Syria's Duma over the weekend.

  • Kyle Peterson