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>> And we're making a decision as to what we do with respect to the horrible attack.>> President Donald Trump on Tuesday stoked growing expectations of a US military strike in Syria, cancelling a planned overseas trip and speaking to allies about a joint response to the suspected chemical attack near Damascus.
With fingers pointed at Syrian president Bashar al Assad as well as Russia and Iran.>> It will be met, and it will be met forcefully and when I will not say.>> US officials told Reuters multilateral operations for strikes were being developed and US allies seem willing to play a role.
Trump's spoke Tuesday with British Prime Minister, Theresa May.>> So I think where things stand is that the Americans, as well as Western allies, France and Britain, have been in very intense consultations. And all the talk and indication that we get seems to all signal that there will be some kind of military response in the next few days.
>> French President Emmanuel Macron said France will make its own decision about strikes in the coming days at a joint press conference with Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, who indicated Saudi Arabia may also take part. This as Trump takes guidance from his hawkish new National Security Adviser, John Bolton.
>> They will be looking, most likely, at targets that would be associated with Syria's chemical weapons program. Both Trump and France and Britain have said that the point of any response is in some way to punish Assad for his use of chemical weapons. And so it stands to reason that these are the kinds of targets that we would be looking at.
>> Russia and Syria have maintained Assad's government is not responsible for any chemical attacks. Moscow, on Tuesday, vetoed Trump's call for a United Nations Security Council vote seeking a new probe into the use of banned chemical weapons in Syria's six year old civil war. An international team of chemical weapons experts will go to the town of Douma, where 60 people died and hundreds more were injured over the weekend, to inspect the site.