White House pledges to ‘respond swiftly’ if Assad uses chemical weapons again

The White House on Tuesday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that if he uses chemical weapons against his people again, the US and its allies “will respond swiftly and appropriately.”

“The United States is closely monitoring the situation in Idlib province, Syria, where millions of innocent civilians are under threat of an imminent Assad regime attack, backed by Russia and Iran,” the White House said in a statement.

President Trump “has warned that such an attack would be a reckless escalation of an already tragic conflict and would risk the lives of hundreds of thousands of people,” the administration said.

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