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No decision on Syria yet, Trump weighing all options: WH

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US is weighing all options on the table with regard to as he holds the Syrian regime and responsible for the latest attack, the said today, adding that no final decision has been taken yet on the military response.

"It sounds like all options are on the table, and a final decision hasn't been made, but we'll keep you posted once it is," told reporters at her daily conference.

Referring to the allegation of a Russian that there was an attack but it was staged by the component of the rebels in Syria, she said the intelligence provided "certainly paints" a different picture, and the holds and responsible for the attack.

In the last few days, Trump has blamed the authoritarian Assad regime for the that killed dozens of Syrian civilians, including children and women, in the suburb of Douma.

"We're maintaining that we have a number of options, and all of those options are still on the table. Final decisions haven't been made yet on that front," said, adding that the has not laid out a timetable.

"In a public sense, certainly the President has made some decisions. He made a decision not to travel to Latin so that we could focus on this. That was the first step in this process, but we're continuing to look at a number of options," she said.

Russia, she alleged, holds some responsibility in the fact that they had guaranteed that wouldn't use again, which they did. They also hold some responsibility in the fact that they have the six UN resolutions that they vetoed to help protect Assad. Both of those things lie at Russia's feet in terms of responsibility in this process, said.

In a statement, said Trump has no legal authority for broadening the war in Syria.

"It is Congress, not the President, who determines whether our country goes to war and must not abdicate that responsibility. We have been in for 17 years and for 15 years. The result has been massive regional instability, terrible loss of life and a cost of trillions of dollars," he said.

"If President Trump believes that expanding the war in Syria will bring stability to the region and protect American interests, he should come to with his ideas,"

Edward Markey, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, criticised Trump's warnings that he intends to conduct military strikes in retaliation against Assad's use of chemical weapons.

"Before President Trump conducts military operations, he must come to for authorisation," he demanded.

"Numerous, large-scale attacks on another country without Congressional authorisation are unconstitutional, and they push the US closer to what could be an interminable, all-out conflict in Syria. And announcing military actions over is the height of irresponsibility and contradicts the President's own previous commitment never to disclose America's plans publicly," Markey said.

Sarah Sanders said the will follow whatever laws and regulations were necessary for any actions that it takes.

"Because we haven't laid out any specific actions that we plan to take, I can't tell you exactly what needs we would have to go to Congress with," she said.

Meanwhile, from requested a classified hearing for members of Congress on the in Syria.

"The images of children struggling to breathe after the are unconscionable. Whoever did this is a human butcher," he said. "We need answers to fully understand who is responsible for the attack. We cant let this go unanswered. If we do, our friends won't trust us and our enemies won't respect us," Kennedy added.

Congressman said the reports from Syria of another major against civilians, represent yet one more war crime committed by and his regime.

"Assad must be held to account and the world must clearly demonstrate that chemical weapons are unacceptable anytime, anywhere, and in any context," he said.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 08:15 IST