BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – Despite the threats to attack Syria by U.S. President Donald Trump, a key member of his cabinet told a CNN reporter that the investigation into the chemical weapons attack is still being assessed.
“We are still assessing the intelligence ourselves and our allies. We’re still working on this,” U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis stated, as quoted by CNN National Security reporter Ryan Browne.
SecDef Mattis asked whether he has seen enough evidence to blame the Assad regime for the most recent chemical attack in Syria: "We are still assessing the intelligence ourselves and our allies. We’re still working on this."
— Ryan Browne (@rabrowne75) April 11, 2018
Furthermore, when asked if the U.S. is ready to attack Syria, Mattis responded “we stand ready to provide military options if they are appropriate as the President determines.”
In response to the Trump’s threats, the Syrian military has moved their air assets to Russian bases around the country, as to avoid potential damage from a U.S> attack.