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Trump yet to make final decision on Syria — White House

On Monday, Trump said that Washington had "a lot of options militarily" on Syria
US President Donald Trump AP Photo/Evan Vucci
US President Donald Trump
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WASHINGTON, April 13. /TASS/. US President Donald Trump is yet to make his final decision on Syria, White House Spokesperson Sarah Sanders said in a statement after Trump's consultations with his advisors on national security and external policy on Thursday.

"President Trump just finished a meeting with his National Security team to discuss the situation in Syria. No final decision has been made," she said. "We are continuing to assess intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies."

According to the spokesperson, Trump is to speak with French President Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Theresa May this evening.

The UK Prime Minister's office said that May and Trump, who held a phone conversation on Thursday, agreed to keep working closely together on the international response to the purported use of chemical weapons.

The two leaders also agreed on the need to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government.

On Monday, Trump said that Washington had "a lot of options militarily" on Syria following an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma.

A number of non-government organizations, including the White Helmets, allege that a chemical weapons attack took place in Eastern Ghouta’s town of Douma on April 7.

The Russian Foreign Ministry slammed the statement as a bogus story, while Russia’s Defense Ministry pointed out that the White Helmets were not a reliable source of information as they were known for spreading fabricated news. Servicemen of the Russian reconciliation center in Syria examined Douma on April 9, but found no traces of chemical weapons there.

Moscow warned Washington about serious consequences that an attack on Syria could have in case it affected Russians.