torsdag 12. april 2018

Trump Falls Back Via Twitter: "Never Said When Attack on Syria Would Take Place"

 President Donald Trump walks onto stage to speak at Local 18 Richfield Training Facility, Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Richfield, Ohio.
© AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais
US President Donald Trump took to Twitter again almost 24 hours after his threat to attack Syria only to state that an American strike in retaliation to an alleged chemical attack in Douma on April 7 could be "very soon or not soon at all."
"Never said when an attack on Syria would take place. Could be very soon or not so soon at all!" Trump stated in his latest tweet just under 24 hours since having announced his intention to launch "new and smart" missiles on Syrian targets.

He also decided to underscore the "great job" America has done "of ridding the region of ISIS" under his rule.

To attack or not to attack?

The not-so-clear message follows an exchange with Moscow the day before. A verbal tit-for-tat was also initiated by the US president on Twitter when he posted an inflammatory message calling for Russia to "get ready."

He did, however, change his tone just about 30 minutes later and said that "we need our nations to work together," stating the relations with Moscow were worse "than during the Cold War."

The Kremlin responded to the US president's twitter messages later in the day: Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that Moscow "does not support Twitter diplomacy" and called for a more serious approach, in order to avoid escalating an "already fragile situation."

Accusations Against Damascus

The amped-up rhetoric from Washington follows allegations by several Syrian opposition media platforms, including the infamous White Helmets group, of a chemical attack, allegedly carried out by Syrian government forces in Douma on April 7.

Both Damascus and the Russian Center for Reconciliation have denied any such claims; the latter also sent inspectors to the area and issued a report saying no trace of chemical weapons use had been found. Moscow has called for an independent international investigation into the matter.

In the meantime, most Western nations have denounced the alleged attack; the US has in its turn called for military action. 

On Tuesday, the UN Security Council rejected a Russian resolution welcoming an investigation into the attack.