Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
United States President Donald Trump cancelled his first official trip to Latin America on Tuesday to focus on the U.S. response to the alleged Syrian chemical attack in Douma.
Mr. Trump will remain in Washington to “oversee the American response to Syria”, the White House said, with Vice President Mike Pence going in his place to Peru for a major summit and then Colombia.
Syria and ally Russia have denied any involvement in Saturday’s attack that reportedly hospitalized hundreds and invited the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to visit the former rebel enclave in Eastern Ghouta.
The chemical weapons monitor agreed later on Tuesday to send investigators to Douma, and reports indicate that they will arrive shortly, reportedly lessening the chance of a strike from Western countries.
Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron vowed a “firm” response late on Monday, and the U.S. president has spoken of numerous military options.
Washington, Paris and the United Kingdom have been in contact over a potential multi-lateral Western military response to the chemical attack.
France says poison gas was deliberately utilized in Douma, but the United Nations has not verified the strikes at this point as the area is blocked off.
An attack on an airbase near Homs in the early hours of Monday attributed by Moscow and Damascus to Israel was apparently in retaliation, but Tel Aviv has not confirmed the strikes, as per their policy.
The U.S., U.K. and France denied involvement in the Homs attack.
More details to follow. Image of Trump from previous files.