Trump will skip South America summit to plan Syria response


Donald Trump intends to skip a planned summit in South America. The president will instead remain in the US to oversee the American response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria by government forces.

Trump was due to attend the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru on Friday and Saturday.He was expected to urge allies to take a hard line on Venezuela, but his unpopularity in the region may have stifled talks.

Vice-President Mike Pence will travel to the summit in Trump’s place, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

Trump said on Monday that a “major decision” on Syria would be made within 24 to 48 hours. “If it’s the Russians, if it’s Syria, if it’s Iran, if it’s all of them together, we’ll figure it out,” he said. “No response is off the table.” read more…

Duma defense chief says Russia may respond with military force to US strike on Syria

The head of the Duma defense committee and former commander of Russian airborne troops has said Moscow would take all measures, including military ones, in response to a possible US strike on government forces in Syria.

The double standard policy has overstepped all possible boundaries. At this point, the [pro-Putin parliamentary majority] United Russia party must responsibly state that we are going to take all political and diplomatic measures, and also military measures if such need arises,” Vladimir Shamanov said on Tuesday before the State Duma plenary session. “Not a single unlawful action will be left without response,” he added.

The Russian general noted that Americans “should not pin hope on their Navy groups and on their fakes.” “We are a sovereign country, we have allies and guarantors of the events that are taking place in Syria,” he said. read more