President Trump on Monday said he would decide the U.S. response to the “heinous” chemical weapons attack in Syria “over the next 24 to 48 hours.”
“It was an atrocious attack. It was horrible,” Trump told reporters during a Cabinet meeting at the White House. “This is about humanity and it can’t be allowed to happen.”
The comments were Trump’s first in-person condemnation of the attack, which reportedly killed at least 40 people in a town controlled by opponents of Syrian leader Bashar Assad.
After saying it could take as long as two days to decide a U.S. response, Trump later added a decision would come “probably by the end of today.”