Trump to Russia: ‘Get ready’ for missile strike on Syria

Trump to Russia: ‘Get ready’ for missile strike on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump, center, pictured at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany last July, were scheduled to meet again at this week's G20 summit in Buenos Aires. But Thursday morning Trump decided to cancel the meeting. (@Scavino45/Twitter)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump taunted Russia on Twitter Wednesday, saying that the nation should “get ready” for a U.S. missile strike on Syria.

The tweet marks the most detailed indication of what the U.S. will do in response to an apparent chemical attack in the rebel-held Syrian city of Douma on Saturday.

Trump has maintained that both Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who supports the Assad regime, are to blame, but the U.S. has not formally confirmed either’s involvement publicly.

“Missiles must fly towards terrorists, not a legitimate government that has been fighting international terrorism in its territory for several years,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova posted on Facebook in response.

Alexander Zasypkin, Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon, told a Hezbollah-owned television network Tuesday night that Russia will shoot down U.S. missiles and target their airfields if the U.S. carries out military action against Syria, according to Al Jazeera.

Trump struck a more conciliatory tone shortly after his initial tweet.

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