Trump reportedly considering military action in Syria after chemical attack

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President Trump is reportedly considering taking military action in Syria, after a chemical attack in the Idlib province Tuesday killed at least 70 people and injured dozens more. The White House has blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime for the attack, which was perpetrated by the banned nerve agent sarin, though the Syrian government has denied responsibility.

CNN reported that Trump has not yet officially decided whether to move forward with the Pentagon's "long-standing options to strike Syria's chemical weapons capability," but he has reportedly floated the possibility to some members of Congress. He also plans to discuss the matter with Defense Secretary James Mattis, whose judgment will likely prove instrumental in Trump's decision-making.

Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) issued a joint statement on Thursday calling for the U.S. to "lead an international coalition to ground Assad's air force."

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