UPDATE: Well, he didn’t contemplate long. He launched 50 Tomahawk Missiles at Assad. Read it here
President Trump notified members of congress that he is considering an attack on Assad over the attack using chemical weapons. Gen Mattis is said to be coming up with some suggestions for his consideration. Now Russia has changed it’s tune after trying to blame it on ISIS instead of Assad. Do they fear a direct conflict against Trump’s America?
‘We are told that the president himself is making calls to senior members of Congress saying he is seriously considering something he said he would never do, not that long ago, which is military action in Syria,’ CNN reported shortly after noon on Thursday.
The discussions are said to be exploratory in nature, with no decisions made about a green-light, or about what kinds of military operations might be involved to target Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad.
But ‘this is now on the table,’ CNN said.
A Trump administration official who was granted anonymity in order to speak freely told DailyMail.com on Thursday that part of the president’s strategy is to ‘telegraph to Assad – and to Russia – that he’s deadly serious.’
It also may be intended to rattle a saber in the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose army also operates out of Syria in defense of Assad’s regime.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is scheduled to meet with Putin next week in Moscow.
Trump said Wednesday during a Rose Garden press conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah that his view of how to handle the Syrian crisis changed when he saw the impact of the ‘heinous’ chemical attack on small children.