Trump still wants out of Syria quickly

The Columbus Dispatch - - Front Page - From wire re­ports In­for­ma­tion from Tri­bune News Ser­vice, The Wash­ing­ton Post and the As­so­ci­ated Press was in­cluded in this story.

The White House said Mon­day that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump still in­tends an early exit for U.S. troops in Syria, de­spite French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron’s sug­ges­tion Sun­day that he had con­vinced Trump to keep them there for the “long term.”

Macron’s re­marks had hinted at a ma­jor pol­icy shift for Trump, but “our pol­icy hasn’t changed,” White House spokes­woman Sarah Huck­abee San­ders said.

Mean­while, the head of a chem­i­cal watch­dog group said Mon­day that Syr­ian and Rus­sian au­thor­i­ties pre­vented in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tors from go­ing to the scene of the sus­pected chem­i­cal at­tack on April 7 in Douma, a Da­m­as­cus sub­urb.

Ah­met Uzumcu, di­rec­tor­gen­eral of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion for the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Chem­i­cal Weapons, said Syr­ian and Rus­sian of­fi­cials cited “pend­ing se­cu­rity is­sues” in keep­ing its nine in­spec­tors out.

In­stead, Syr­ian au­thor­i­ties of­fered them 22 peo­ple to in­ter­view as wit­nesses, he said.

Early Tues­day, the gov­ern­ment-run Cen­tral Mil­i­tary me­dia re­ported a mis­sile at­tack on the Shayrat air base in Homs prov­ince. It said Syr­ian air de­fenses shot down most of the six mis­siles fired at the base. It also re­ported a sep­a­rate airstrike on the Du­mayr air base near Da­m­as­cus.

It did not elab­o­rate or say who car­ried out the airstrikes. A Pen­tagon spokes­woman said there was no U.S. mil­i­tary ac­tiv­ity in the area.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, the White House pulled back Mon­day on sug­ges­tions made Sun­day by Nikki Ha­ley, the U.S. am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions, that new sanc­tions against Rus­sia — Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad’s main backer — would be an­nounced im­me­di­ately.

“We are con­sid­er­ing ad­di­tional sanc­tions on Rus­sia, and a de­ci­sion will be made in the near fu­ture,” San­ders told re­porters.

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