"The use of chemical weapons, once allowed to spread, is a threat to everybody and if that takes hold and becomes a routine part of fighting, then we are all at risk", said Security Council diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity. The president also called Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who signed off on Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey past year, "conflicted".
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said "there are Russians present in large numbers in Syria, and Russia will do everything to protect its people on Syrian soil". "Attacking one side in Syria will draw the US deeper into the civil war rather than reducing our role".
Moscow and Washington stymied attempts by each other at the UN Security Council on Tuesday to set up worldwide investigations into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
If such threats from the United States and its allies, France and Britain, are meant to stop Damascus from fighting terrorism, "they are delusional", the statement also said.
The Pentagon said it would not comment on potential future military operations.
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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday that USA and allied officials were assessing intelligence related to the attack Saturday.
The World Health Organization on Wednesday demanded "immediate" access to the victims of an alleged chemical attack in Syria, voicing indignation at the strike that caused symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic substances. Assad did not respond. Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
Trump had on Monday warned of a quick, forceful response once responsibility for the attack was established.
"It's not at all odd that it (the United States) supports the terrorists in Ghouta and condones their fabrications and lies to use them as a pretext to target Syria", the official source said. They would probably use missiles that can be fired from a safe distance. Those systems encircle Damascus and some of Syria's larger bases. "If the red line has been crossed, there will be a response", French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said on radio channel Europe 1.
"The president should not withdraw from Syria abruptly", he said.