Trump promises 'forceful' response over chemical weapons attack in Syria


"Something for a heavy price to be paid". "The President tried that a year ago and it seemed to make the situation worse, not better". "So this is a defining moment, Mr. President", Republican South Carolina Sen.

"The United States is pushing for a vote tomorrow", said a Security Council diplomat.

Syrian regime forces have carried out an offensive against Ghouta since February 18 that has killed more than 1,700 civilians and cornered rebels in their last holdout of Douma.

The administration's inaction even prompted The New York Times' editorial board to pen an opinion piece demanding Trump push for an end to the attacks. The groups said deadly gas was dropped in barrel bombs from helicopters.

Israel, which has struck Syrian army locations many times in the course of its neighbour´s seven-year-old civil war, has neither confirmed nor denied mounting the raid.

President Donald Trump during a meeting with his Cabinet, in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Monday.

"We cannot allow atrocities like that", he added.

Earlier, Trump was asked whether Putin bore some of the responsibility for the latest attack.

Immediately after last week's attack, Sen.

"We re making a decision as to what we do with respect to the awful attack that was made near Damascus and it will be met and it will be met forcefully", Trump told reporters.

"Russia, through the UN Security Council, has the ability to get a unanimous outcome from the UN Security Council so that action should be taken, and by using its veto [it is] preventing that action to stop the conflict in Syria".

Trump said during a Cabinet meeting with reporters that, "If it's Russian Federation, if it's Syria, if it's Iran, if it's all of them together, we'll figure it out".

"We are making a decision as to what we do with respect to the frightful attack that was made near Damascus, and it will be met forcefully, and when I'm not saying because I don't like to talk about timing".

He also told the Security Council that Russian Federation had warned of "grave repercussions", if Syria was attacked.

"I think he has to be tougher on him. I want to start rebuilding our nation". He added: "Everybody's gonna pay a price".

New Authorization for Use of Military Force?

An escalation to full-tilt US military involvement in Syria would quickly evolve into costly conflict, including possibly with Russian Federation and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey. "The communication with the Israeli side is going via the according channels".

Haley also said: "We are beyond showing pictures of dead babies".

Moscow said military operations there had been halted. Senators and aides are keeping the details of the emerging compromise private, so it's hard to assess if they have something that can pass.

"We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done", Ms Haley told the Council.

Families were reportedly found suffocated in their homes and shelters, with foam on their mouths. "If we are going to go against the regime on any kind of sustained basis, there has to be an AUMF".

Nick Heras, an analyst at the Centre for a New American Security, said Israel appeared to have seized on a moment of worldwide outrage over Douma to strike Syria.

Ms Haley urged the UN to take action, but stressed whether it acts or not "either way, the United States will respond". When the Syrian military pummels civilians, they rely on the military hardware given by Russian Federation. The town is under the control of people who are against the government. They feel it limits the commander in chief in a way that's not conducive to do national security in an emergency.

The Syrian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari said his country is also ready to welcome the OPCW team as soon as possible and to provide them with everything necessary for a comprehensive investigation.