April 12, 2018

White House: no final decision has been made on Syria

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: The National

Journalist Joyce Karam

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders appeared to step back from US President Donald Trump’s tweet earlier on Wednesday that missile strikes “will be coming” on Syria, saying no timetable has been set for US action, and no final decision has been made about whether an attack will even take place.

Asked about Mr Trump’s warning to Russia on Wednesday that “nice, new and 'smart'” missiles will be targeting Syria, Ms Sanders said “that is certainly one option but it is not the only option or the only thing that the president may or may not do.”

She continued to say that Mr Trump "has not laid out a timetable and is still leaving a number of other options on the table, and we're still considering a number of those." The president holds both the Syrian regime and Russia responsible for the chemical weapons attack, she added.

Ms Sanders stressed that “no final decision” has been made, and “all options remain on the table.” The White House spokeswoman expected the Syria debate to continue, with Mr Trump and his Defense Secretary James Mattis having both cancelled travel plans to focus on the issue at hand.

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  • Nicholas Heras

    Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. He is also a Senior Analyst at the Jamestown Found...