"It was an atrocious attack, it was disgusting". That the attack comes at a time when a possible deal was being brokered by Russian Federation between Assad's government and the rebels means that violence, in all likelihood, will continue. "Were talking about humanity, and it cant be allowed to happen", he said.
Trump said, "If it's Russian Federation, if it's Syria, if it's Iran, if it's all of them together, we'll figure it out".
Trump met his cabinet and then dined with top generals Monday, telling reporters "we have a lot of options militarily and we'll be letting you know pretty soon... probably after the fact". A Joint Investigative Mechanism between the OPCW and the United Nations was set up by the Security Council for that goal.
The White House deliberations came as Russian Federation and the Syrian military blamed Israel for a pre-dawn missile attack on a major air base in central Syria.
US Defence Secretary James Mattis yesterday pointed towards Russia's role, and said he would not rule out a military response. But if Putin indeed wanted to deal with Trump, why abort all such prospects with a poison gas murder of a has-been KGB agent in Britain, America's foremost ally?
Officials in Washington were seeking to verify early reports by rescuers and others that the Assad government was culpable. Moscow's United Nations ambassador told the Security Council that Russian experts had visited the site of the alleged assault and found no evidence of a chemical attack.
The two leaders "strongly condemned the horrific chemical weapons attacks in Syria", according to a White House summary, and they "agreed to exchange information" on the attacks and "coordinate a strong, joint response".
After President Donald Trump warned on Monday that there would be a "big price to pay" for the suspected attack over the weekend, the United States circulated to the 15-member council a revised draft resolution to establish an global inquiry, which it initially suggested on 1 March.
Saturday's suspected poison gas attack unfolded in a rebel-held town near Damascus amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce.
"The latest attack joins dozens of cases of chemical warfare by the regime since Assad pledged to disengage from these capabilities and clearly shows that Syria continues to possess lethal chemical capabilities and even to produce new capabilities", the Israeli foreign ministry said in a statement.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said it was investigating the allegations but that so far only a "preliminary analysis" had taken place.
Trump's strike, a year ago, with 59 cruise missiles, on the air base that allegedly launched a sarin gas attack, was supported only because Trump was new in office and the strike was not seen as the beginning of a longer and deeper involvement in a war Americans did not want to fight.
This most recent attack was also followed by multiple graphic videos from anti-government activists showing the bodies of the men, women and children reportedly killed by the chemicals. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. Trump referred in a Tweet to "Animal Assad" and criticised Russia and Iran for backing the Syrian leader, directly naming Russian President Vladimir Putin. Big price.to pay. Open area immediately for medical help and verification.