While next moves for the administration's counter response are still under consderation, the president has called off his weekend plans of heading to the Summit of the Americas and instead will be staying in the U.S.to focus on a Syria response.
The former official spoke on condition of anonymity, lacking authorization to speak publicly about planning.
President Trump on Wednesday warned Russian Federation that if they shoot down US missiles fired at Syria and target the launch sites they better "get ready". In the past Trump has vowed to stand up to President Assad.
Russian Federation has threatened retaliatory action against the United States if missiles are fired at Syria over chemical attack allegations it claims are fabricated. "Those are contradictory goals".
"These so-called "think tanks, ' act as "unlawful combatants" in that they're conducting psychological operations against both foreign nations and the USA itself in 'conditioning the battlefield" for war, in the Rand Corporation's language", he said.
WHO is now coordinating the health cluster response for people displaced from East Ghouta and stands ready to provide more assistance to newly-accessible areas of East Ghouta as soon as access is granted.
Syrian pro-government forces have been evacuated from main airports and military air bases in anticipation of a USA missile strike, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. It was one of the least lethal responses considered.
"He can't just use chemical weapons against his own people without consequences", Coons said.
The military action marked the first direct American assault on Assad's Government.
Western leaders, including the U.S., France, and the United Kingdom, are coordinating on how to respond to the attack. The Pentagon will give military options for Trump to respond if he deems it necessary, Mattis said.
Eurocontrol issued the Rapid Alert Notification, warning airlines to be ready for the possible launch of air strikes into Syria with air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles within the next 72 hours.
And Russian Army Gen. Valery Gerasimov also warned the U.S. Tuesday, if it were to launch airstrikes against Syria. "The U.S. commitments in Europe are far greater than our capabilities".
Trump had on Monday warned of a quick, forceful response once responsibility for the attack was established. They would probably use missiles that can be fired from a safe distance.
The group categorically rejects the allegations made by Russian officials. Those systems encircle Damascus and some of Syria's larger bases.
"In the event of a threat to our military servicemen's lives, Russia's Armed Forces will take retaliatory measures to target both the missiles and their delivery vehicles", Gerasimov said, state-run media TASS News Agency reported. He, like Thompson, anxious about the Russian reaction.
"The president should not withdraw from Syria abruptly", he said.