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Politics Schumer says Trump strikes 'appropriate,' warns against greater involvement in Syria

06:06  14 april  2018
06:06  14 april  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Airlines warned about 'possible' military action against Syria

  Airlines warned about 'possible' military action against Syria A European air traffic control agency alerted airlines Tuesday to monitor the situation in the eastern Mediterranean amid possible military action by Western countries against the Syrian government in the next 72 hours. Eurocontrol, a key pan-European international aviation organization, said airlines should be prepared for any possible disruption of radio navigation equipment in the event of possible air strikes against Syria, Reuters reported.

The cost of the strike can be debated in Congress and it they deemed it too expensive, then Congress could vote it down. Many times Trump said he wouldn’t get involved in Syria . "@BigSexyBDAvis: @realDonaldTrump mr trump would attack Syria or no?" No, lets make our country great again as

Defying Russian warnings against U.S. military strikes in Syria , President Donald Trump said Wednesday that The term “smart” missile dates to the introduction decades ago of weapons with advanced guidance systems — for example, using GPS — to achieve greater precision in targeting.

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Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Friday that President Trump's decision to mount a military strike on Syria was "appropriate," but warned against deepening the United States' involvement in the war-torn country.

"A pinpointed, limited action to punish and hopefully deter Assad from doing this again is appropriate, but the administration has to be careful about not getting us into a greater and more involved war in Syria," Schumer said in a statement.

Schumer's comments came shortly after Trump announced that the U.S., France and the United Kingdom had launched "precision strikes" on targets in Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack in a suburb of Damascus that left dozens dead.

Mattis warns Trump on risks of escalating US involvement in Syria

  Mattis warns Trump on risks of escalating US involvement in Syria Top military officials, including Defense Secretary James Mattis, warned President Donald Trump during an afternoon meeting Thursday that he risks escalating US involvement in Syria if he goes forward with the type of aggressive bombing campaign he has pressed for over the past week, according to US and western officials briefed on the conversation. Trump has pushed military leaders to develop plans for a sustained assault on Syrian regime targets in response to last weekend's chemical attack, the officials said.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said he and Trump "see eye to eye" on Syria . The Syrian regime and Russian Federation have rejected claims of a chemical attack, with President Vladimir Putin warning against any "provocation and speculation on this matter".

Defying Russian warnings against U.S. military strikes in Syria , President Donald Trump said Wednesday that The term “smart” missile dates to the introduction decades ago of weapons with advanced guidance systems — for example, using GPS — to achieve greater precision in targeting.

The U.S. and other Western countries have blamed the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad for mounting the chemical strike.

Syria and its allies, Russia and Iran, have denied that Assad's government used chemical weapons. Russia blamed the U.K. on Friday for staging the attack in the suburb of Douma.

Vice President Mike Pence notified congressional leaders of the strike on Friday, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kent.), House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Pence was apparently unable to immediately reach Schumer, who was on a plane. An aide to the vice president then emailed a member of Schumer's staff, saying that Pence needed to speak with the senator.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, also voiced support on Friday for a "measured" military response the Syrian government's alleged chemical weapons use. But he similarly warned against taking actions that could "further destabilize" the region or expand the conflict.

"While the U.S. and our allies must not turn a blind eye to Assad's vile and inhumane attacks against his own citizens, military action in Syria must be measured, as part of a coherent strategy to prevent Assad from using chemical weapons without further destabilizing an already-volatile region or inadvertently expanding the conflict," he said.

Syrian chemical attack survivor to Trump: I want to 'buy you a beer' .
A survivor of a Syrian chemical attack in 2013 wants to buy President Donald Trump a beer to share his experience on the conditions in the country. Kassem Eid, who told CNN's Ana Cabrera he lived under two years of siege and bombardment by the Syrian government, said he was glad the President has attempted to do something for the Syrian people. "I just want to tell Mr. Trump directly: I'm a Syrian refugee who survived chemical weapons attacks, who lived under two years of siege and bombardment by the government," Eid said.

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