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Trump has not yet made 'final decision' on Syria: WH

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US has not yet made his "final decision" on how to respond to an in Syria, the said today after he met with his top

Trump was to confer with French and British later in the day on the action the allies might take, said.

"Trump just finished a meeting with his National Security team to discuss the situation in No final decision has been made," Sanders said.

"We are continuing to assess intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies. The President will speak with President Macron and May this evening." The announcement came after May held an emergency cabinet meeting on the situation in Syria, where dozens of people were killed last weekend in a on Douma, the largest town in a former rebel stronghold outside

Downing Street said May's top ministers had agreed on the "need to take action," despite polls showing the British public remains wary of military intervention.

has warned against any escalation that could trigger a conflict between the and Russia, and has called for an emergency meeting on Friday. In Washington, Trump said earlier today that a decision would come "fairly soon," though he equivocated in his tweets on the timing of any military strikes.

A French frigate, submarines laden with cruise missiles and the USS Donald Cook, an American destroyer equipped with Tomahawk land attack missiles, have all moved into range of Syria's coast.

US officials have refused to rule out direct military engagement with Russia, with the White House saying "all options are on the table." But a special hotline for the US and Russian militaries to communicate about operations in is active and being used by both sides, said today.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 02:40 IST