Nikki Haley Condemns Chemical Attack in Syria: 'Only a Monster Does This'

10 April 2018, 07:00 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Trump delivered a rare rebuke of Putin on Sunday slamming the Russian leader for supporting"Animal Assad

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls on a reporter during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, April 9, 2018.

The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting on Monday, and President Donald Trump said "major decisions" on Syria would come within 24 to 48 hours.

The Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad and its ally Russian Federation have called the allegations "fabrications".

The United States is urging the UN Security Council to adopt a new resolution that would condemn the continuing use of chemical weapons in Syria "in the strongest terms" and establish a new body to determine responsibility for chemical attacks. 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.

Several of Colorado's members of Congress cautiously said Monday they would support USA military action in Syria after the latest alleged chemical weapon attack, but most emphasized that President Donald Trump will need to follow through with Congress with a full plan for further intervention.

The conference's presidency is rotated among 65 member states based on alphabetical order.

As the United Nations debate took place, a huge blast tore through a multi-story building in the jihadist-held city of Idlib, in northern Syria.

Two days after the attack, the White House was still only able to say that the attack fit the pattern of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapon use.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday that his country had sent experts to Douma and that there was "no trace" of the use of chemical weapons there.

Describing the horrific deaths and suffering of those affected in the attack, Haley said "only a monster does this".

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However, there has been no independent verification of the SAMS report-though the U.S. State Department believes the report is credible.

The American leader met with his cabinet and vowed to make "major decisions" within the next 24 to 48 hours, amid mounting speculation about a U.S. military response.

"The two leaders also discussed the situation in Syria, including chemical attack accusations made by a number of Western states against official Damascus. The monster who is responsible for these attacks has no conscience".

"We must not overlook Russian Federation and Iran's roles in enabling the Assad regime's murderous destruction", she continued.

The Israel military responded by launching an airstrike on the T-4 military airbase 40-miles from the city of Homs.

The president told his cabinet that the USA would learn who was responsible for the attack, whether it was Syria, Russia, Iran or "all of them together".

Both Trump and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said "nothing is off the table".

"I see nothing to indicate that President Trump has constrained the possible military responses", Cafarella said.

As U.S. officials consider whether and how to respond, they are looking at what type of chemical agent might have been used. Mattis added that the administration will work with other countries to "address this issue". Some Iranian analysts are speculating that with Bolton the response might change, with the new national security adviser convincing Trump to launch a broad and sustained bombing campaign against Syrian army positions. A group that monitors Syria's civil war said the airstrikes killed 14 people, including Iranians active in Syria. Haley remarked it was a year ago that she held up pictures of dead Syrian children after a chemical attack and prayed she would never again have to do so. United Nations investigators later say sarin gas was used, though they don't say which side. Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said Sunday that a poison gas attack on a rebel-held town near the capital.

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