Trump Weighing Decision on Response to Alleged Chemical Attack in Syria
U.S. President Donald Trump says his administration will likely say "after the fact" how it decided to respond to a suspected chemical attack on the outskirts of Syria's capital.
"It will be met, and it will be met forcefully," Trump said before meeting with senior military leaders late Monday.
He highlighted what he said was the power of the United States to stop atrocities like the attack Saturday in rebel-held eastern Ghouta that killed at least 40 people.
"We have a lot of options, militarily," he said, without giving specifics. Last year, he ordered airstrikes on a Syrian airfield used to launch another chemical attack.
Trump was critical of former President Barack Obama for what he said was a failing strategy of publicizing planned military maneuvers ahead of time.
US National Guard Troops Head to the US-Mexico Border
Arizona is sending 225 National Guard troops to the U.S./Mexico border and Gov. Doug Ducey said more troops would be deployed on Tuesday.
Arizona joins Texas, which sent 250 Guard troops to the border Friday.
The other two border states, New Mexico and California, have not called up any guardsmen, although New Mexico’s governor has indicated that the state will participate in the activation. California’s governor has not said what his state will do.
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis signed an order last week authorizing up to 4,000 National Guard troops to secure the border. The order provided Pentagon funding for the troops through September.