President Donald Trump smiles during a meeting with governors and lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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U.S. President Donald Trump met Thursday with his national security team on the situation in Syria, where he has threatened missile strikes in response to a suspected poison gas attack, with the White House later saying in a statement that "no final decision has been made".Prime Minister Theresa May held a special Cabinet meeting to weigh whether Britain should join in any possible military action. She has cast the attack in Douma, which was held at the time by rebels, as barbaric.Syria and its backers, Russia and Iran, have said reports of the attack were fabricated by rebels and rescue workers in Douma and have accused the United States of seeking to use it as a pretext to attack the Syrian government.In Washington, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress he believed there was a chemical attack in Syria, but added a short while later that the U.S. had not made any decision to launch military action in Syria.Locating them alongside Russian military hardware might make Washington reluctant to hit them.Syria, Russia and Iran say reports of the attack were fabricated by rebels and rescue workers in Douma and have accused the United States of seizing upon it as a pretext to attack the government.
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