US News Sarah Sanders says no decisions have been made yet on Syria

05:50  12 april  2018
05:50  12 april  2018 Source:   CBS News

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls on a reporter during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, on Mon., April 9, 2018. Sanders was asked about Syria, Russia and other topics.: sarah huckabee sanders - april 9, 2018 © AP sarah huckabee sanders - april 9, 2018

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders briefed reporters Wednesday, as the world awaits a U.S. response to the chemical attack in Syria, and for the first time since Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced earlier Wednesday he will not be running for reelection.

Mr. Trump on Tuesday morning seemed to indicate that missiles "will be coming, nice and new and 'smart,'" warning Russia not to interfere. 

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Wednesday said the U.S. is standing by, ready for military action if or when directed.

"We stand ready to provide military options if they are appropriate as the president determines," Mattis said. 

But Sanders said no decision has been made yet on Syria. She also told reporters that "the president holds Syria and Russia responsible for this chemical weapons attack."

"It sounds like all options are on the table and a final decision hasn't been made," Sanders said.  

Sanders said the president "has not laid out a timetable," asked about previous comments Mr. Trump made years ago criticizing former President Barack Obama for talking about his military intentions in Syria publicly.

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  US considering 8 possible targets in Syria – President Trump says decision coming 'fairly soon' Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Gen. Joseph Dunford will head to the White House on Thursday afternoon to discuss strike options in Syria"We are continuing to assess intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies," Sanders said in a release.

— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) December 7, 2017. Earlier in her press conference Thursday, Sanders said no official decision has been made on the United State’s involvement in the Pyeongchang Olympics.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Wednesday that Washington has not yet laid out a timetable on possible strikes on Syria , however President Trump is leaving a Final decisions haven’t been made yet on that front," Sanders said when asked about a potential US response.

But despite Mr. Trump's tweets critical of Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, in light of the Syria attack, Sanders treaded lightly around the question of whether Mr. Trump now views Russia as an enemy.

"That's something that Russia needs to play a role in determining," Sanders said.

Sanders was also asked about special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation and whether the president thinks it has strayed outside the original mandate.

"The president certainly has been clear that he has very deep concern about the direction the special counsel and other investigations have taken," she told reporters. "This investigation started off as Russia collusion, of which there was none." 

President Trump hasn't ruled out firing special counsel Robert Mueller, and Sanders suggested Tuesday the president believes doing so is within his power. Federal investigators' raid of the home and office of Mr. Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, intensified questions about a possible Mueller firing, and Mr. Trump has done little to quash such speculation.  

Pro-Assad official says targeted bases were evacuated on Russian warning .
The Syrian government and its allies have absorbed a U.S.-led attack on Saturday and the targeted sites were evacuated days ago thanks to a warning from Russia, a senior official in a regional alliance that backs Damascus said. "We have absorbed the strike," the official told Reuters. © (SANA via AP) Syrian President Bashar Assad "We had an early warning of the strike from the Russians ... and all military bases were evacuated a few days ago," the official said. Around 30 missiles were fired in the attack, and a third of them were shot down, the official said.

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