Asia cautious about Trump changing course on TPP

Nellie Chapman
April 15, 2018

President Donald Trump also ordered strikes about the same time previous year, also in response to reported chemical weapon usage. He added that a combined military operation by the United States, the United Kingdom and France is already underway in Syria.

Trump said that the "massacre" last weekend in Syria "was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very bad regime".

This is the second time Trump has retaliated against the Assad regime for using chemical weapons against civilians.

WASHINGTON-When President Barack Obama considered launching airstrikes against Syria in August 2013 in retaliation for a nerve gas attack that killed hundreds of people, businessman Donald Trump strongly opposed US intervention.

The Syrian government, which denies the chemical attack, said the strikes were brutal, barbaric aggression by western powers and vowed to continue to restore security and stability in all corners of the country.

Strong words from President Trump there.

USA defense officials said American aircraft and ships were used in the attack.

The administration said previously any response Assad's alleged chemical weapons use would be done in consultation with allies. In 2014 Syria was certified by the OPCW to have given up its entire chemical weapons arsenal in a deal with the United States and Russian Federation.

Mark, witnesses in Syria reported hearing large explosions around the capital of Damascus Friday night.

In his speech, which lasted just under 10 minutes, he also posed a question to Iran and Russia, "What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of women and children?"

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Syria has died responsibility for the alleged gas attack. "Russia promised that they would remove Syrian chemical weapons but they have chlorine", she said, clearly uniformed that it was a joint-U.S. -Russia operation and that chlorine is not classified as a chemical weapon.

His Australian counterpart, Steve Ciobo, said the welcome to rejoin the agreement, but added: "Let's also be clear, I think there's very little appetite among the TPP 11 countries for there to be any meaningful renegotiation or indeed any substantial renegotiation of the TPP 11 at all".

Russian officials and Trump have exchanged heated rhetoric since Trump began talk of a US response to the alleged chemical attack throughout the past week.

The pact includes Mexico and Canada, which are in the process of renegotiating the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement with the United States. Ben Sasse of Nebraska told reporters Thursday after meeting with Trump at the White House.

On Saturday morning in London, May issued another statement, saying, "This is the first time as Prime Minister that I have had to take the decision to commit our armed forces in combat and it is not a decision I have taken lightly".

The one-off missile strike in April 2017 targeted the airfield from which the Syrian aircraft had launched their gas attack.

A total of 88 members of Congress from both parties wrote Trump on Friday to urge him to consult with legislators before taking action.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., praised the "decisive action" taken by the U.S., Britain and France against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"That's not a Syria strategy", said Stephen Biddle, a professor at George Washington University and a frequent adviser to the Pentagon. "We look forward to the day we can bring our warriors home, and great warriors they are".

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