Trump warns Russia: ‘get ready’ for U.S. missiles striking Syria

Missiles 'will be coming' to Syria, Trump warns Russia

Washington (Reuters): After Russian issued warnings to the U.S. against military strikes in Syria,President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that missiles “will be coming” in response to Syria’s suspected chemical attack that killed at least 40 people.

“Get ready Russia,” the President wrote on Twitter just before 7 am ET.

“You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!” the President added, as he said U.S. ties to Russia were deteriorating.

President Trump on Tuesday warned the U.S. was prepared to take “forceful” action. “We have a lot of options, militarily,” he said.

Russia joined the Syrian civil war to fight alongside Assad in 2015. Although its Security Council veto was expected, Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said Moscow’s decision to stand with its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, amounted to “protecting a monster over the lives of the Syrian people.”

Earlier, Russia’s U.N. envoy, Vassily Nebenzia cautioned the U.S. to “refrain from the plans that you’re currently developing,” saying Washington would “bear responsibility” for any “illegal military adventure.”

In a further sign that military action may be imminent, Eurocontrol, the European air-traffic control agency, issued a warning on Wednesday to commercial airliners flying in the eastern Mediterranean.

“15 months in, and the Trump administration has no Syria strategy. Threats, tweets, one off strikes are not a strategy,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA). “Baiting Russia is not a strategy.”

Democrats also immediately dug out an old tweet by Mr. Trump – from 2013, during the Obama Administration – in which he criticized how the Democratic President was conducting policy on Syria.

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