Trump promised a quick response to the “rampage” with chemical weapons in Duma, eastern Guta.
Trump said that there were all options on the table.
As he said, the decision will be made in the next 24 to 48 hours after determining who is responsible for the attack – Russia, Syria, Iran or “all together”.
“It’s humanity, and it should not be allowed to happen,” he said.
Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 8, 2018
Syrian opposition activists say 40 people were killed in a chemical attack on Duma near Damascus on Saturday evening and blamed an attack on the Syrian government, a close ally of Russia.
The US is still investigating the possible involvement of the governments of Iran and Russia in a Saturday attack, said Trump.
“Whether it is Russia, whether Syria, whether Iran, whether they are all together, we will discover,” the US president said.
He said that everyone would “pay” for chemical weapons attack, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Everyone will pay, and he (Putin) will, everyone will,” added Trump.
Trump said “the area that has been imposing atrocities has been blocked by the Syria army, and the outside world is completely inaccessible. Russia, Assad and Iran are responsible for the atrocities, and they will pay a huge price. “
Syrian state media denied claims that government forces had launched a chemical attack and said rebels in Douma were in a state of collapse and spreading false news, describing it as “chemical attack fabrications”.
The US president today has several meetings on Syria with security advisers, including a White House conference with US military commanders around the world.