President Trump is meeting with Defense Secretary Mattis and other security team members at Mar-a-Lago to discuss the possibility of military action against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. The news comes in wake of the chemical attack that US officials say Assad organized.
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“I think what Assad did is terrible. I think what happened in Syria is one of the truly egregious crimes. It shouldn’t have happened. It shouldn’t be allowed to happen,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. “I think what happened in Syria is a disgrace to humanity. He’s there, and I guess he’s running things, so something should happen.”
Mattis will reportedly give Trump multiple options for an attack and how those attacks will create potential conflicts or retaliations.
White House officials also informed the press that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin will be making the trip out with Mattis in an effort to help the president make a well-informed decision.
Trump, who has been primarily focused on bombing runs against ISIS, has put little, to any, effort in dealing with Assad, but he has apparently had a change of heart after seeing the results of the latest attack.
Trump and White House officials have not openly discussed if Assad needs to be “disposed” of, but Tillerson did state on Thursday that his future is “uncertain.”
In the same interview, Tillerson gave advice to Russia to “consider carefully their continued support for the Assad regime” as the US takes steps to bolster an international effort to remove Assad.
A source called CNN to divulge the information listed above. The source also made it clear that Trump and his cabinet members have made no “set in stone” decision when it comes to Assad, but instead, the president is doing his due diligence on the matter.
The chemical attack that killed 70 in Syria was watched worldwide as the video of the horrors were released. All the world is now watching to see how the president will handle Assad.