Trump on Assad: 'Something should happen' after chemical attack

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The president finds the situation in Syria at the top of his agenda after Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces carried out the deadly strike that killed more than 80 people including children and infants.

"This scientific investigation also confirms that Assad used chemical weapons", Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said. "This is totally wrong".

Russian Federation has provided military support for the Syrian government since September 2015, turning the balance of power in Assad's favor. Trump hasn't spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but told reporters travelling with him to Florida Thursday that he may do so.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov's remarks came two days after the suspected chemical attack killed at least 72 people. Russia, which has backed the Assad regime, blamed the attack on Syrian rebels. "And I will tell you it's already happened that my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much".

The US and Russian Federation were on a collision course over Syria on Wednesday after a horrific chemical attack so shocked President Donald Trump that Washington threatened unilateral action.

President Donald Trump speaks about the gas attack in Syria in the Rose Garden on April 5, 2017.

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On Wednesday, Trump said that his position had changed after this week's attack.

"I think what Assad did is bad", Trump told reporters traveling with him on Air Force One.

In a separate news conference Thursday afternoon, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Assad's actions suggest "it would seem there would be no role for him to govern the Syrian people".

"The only reason I hesitate on military action is because of the lessons that we've learned in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya", he said. "But the things they have done with Crimea and Ukraine, the things they have done and how they have covered up for Assad, those types of things, we're not going to give them a pass on", Haley continued.

Graham and McCain said Syria's air force "provides Assad a strategic advantage in his brutal slaughter of innocent civilians, both through the use of chemical weapons as well as barrel bombs, which kill far more men, women and children on a daily basis". It was drafted by the U.S., Britain and France. Russian Federation intervened on Assad's behalf in late 2015, adding to a fight that now includes Iranian, Turkish, Syrian and extremist forces.

The council is expected to reach a decision on the resolution on Thursday. "The message from the United States must be that this will not stand", the pair said in a statement. "We can not be willing to have a text at any cost". He says the images of dead women and children "horrified all of us" and attacks of this nature can not be tolerated.

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The strikes would be aimed at Assad's military, such as command and control facilities, barracks and airfields, the official said. He opted instead for the Russian-backed plan that was supposed to remove and eliminate Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles.

The French ambassador Francoi Delattre said, "We have engaged into negotiations in good faith to adopt a resolution. Nobody stopped anything", she said. Diplomats from numerous other countries also weighed in to condemn the attacks as well as Russia's response to them.

World powers have pointed the finger at the government of Bashar al-Assad, but Foreign Minister Walid Muallem repeated the regime's denial Thursday. He told CNews television that a United Nations resolution and peace negotiations should be a top priority - not new military interventions.

Ayrault says "these crimes must not remain unpunished". One of Assad's more prevalent systems, the S-200, was used to target Israeli jets last month, but missiles were intercepted by Israeli defense systems.

Turkish officials say that close to 60 victims of the attack were brought to Turkey for treatment and three of them died. In Russia, it was item 10 of 17 and the victims were not shown. Paramedics used fire hoses to wash the chemicals from the bodies of victims.

Visuals from the scene were reminiscent of a 2013 nerve gas attack on the suburbs of Damascus that left hundreds dead. A source in the Syrian army later told Sputnik that the army did not have chemical weapons and the allegations could be part of anti-Damascus propaganda.

World Health Organisation experts supervise an autopsy conducted in a hospital in Adana, Turkey. Several U.S. -led investigations are ongoing.

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