April 08 2018 11:20 PM
US President Donald Trump is set to hold a meeting with senior military commanders after a chemical massacre by the Assad regime militia on Saturday night in the city of Douma that killed dozens of civilians, mostly children and women.
"The White House meeting will be attended by US Secretary of Defense James Matisse and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Danford," the White House said, quoting a source at the White House.
US Vice President Mike Pence said in a tweet that he and Trump were closely monitoring the situation in Syria, adding that "Assad's regime and its supporters must stop their barbarous behavior."
This comes after the threat of Trump Bashar al-Assad, who called "animal" to pay a heavy price, following the chemical attack on the city of Duma in the eastern Gouta. He demanded the opening of the area where the attack took place immediately to allow medical assistance and investigators.
A senior White House national security adviser said Washington "keeps all options open" on responding to the chemical attack in Douma.
White House security and counterterrorism adviser Thomas Bosert said in an interview on ABC that the United States was launching a missile attack in response to the Duma attack.