President Donald Trump and Russia have become practically synonymous since the president took office. Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and Trump's presidential campaign team has ensured that the words "Trump" and "Russia" are forever linked in the news headlines. Now, President Trump has a new Russia problem, one that is potentially much more dangerous for the U.S. and the wider world. Yesterday, Trump reacted to the apparent chemical attack in Syria last weekend, threatening the possibility of immediate U.S. military action against President Assad's regime.
As reported by the Chicago Tribune, President Trump said that the U.S. would respond "forcefully" to Saturday's apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria. Trump also warned that Russia or any other nation found to share responsibility will "pay a price." Asked if he believed Russian leader Vladimir Putin carried any responsibility for the Syrian chemical attack, Trump was forthright in his response.
"He may, yeah, he may. And if he does it's going to be very tough, very tough."
"[We will] make a decision tonight or very shortly thereafter. We have a lot of options militarily, and we'll be letting you know pretty soon. Probably after the fact."
"There was no chemical weapons attack. Through the relevant channels we already conveyed to the U.S. that armed force under mendacious pretext against Syria – where, at the request of the legitimate government of a country, Russian troops have been deployed - could lead to grave repercussions."