Because Assad's forces depend more heavily on barrel bombs in quelling opposition in the civil war, the stance increases the likelihood of additional US intervention in Syria. Spicer indicated that the United States special envoy for Syria will be in Washington Tuesday to discuss a path forward for regime change in Syria.
Early on Friday morning, the United States military fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Shayrat air field in response to a suspected chemical attack this week that has been widely blamed on the Damascus regime. Damascus has strongly denied carrying out the attack and says it does not use chemical weapons. The Homs governor said on Friday the base was being used to provide air support for operations against Islamic State east of Palmyra.
The Obama White House had at first refused to release the logs. "We had no choice but to sue". They also want records of who has visited the president at Trump Tower in NY. At that point, Trump had spent more than half the weekends since his inauguration at Mar-a-Lago, the resort estate he owns in Florida that his administration has frequently referred to as the "Winter White House".
The only real uncertainty in the process had been whether the Democrats would be able to muster the 41 votes needed to filibuster Gorsuch's nomination. They've set up a scenario wherein future presidents who may not be to their liking can nominate liberal ideologues Republicans may despise, but the simple majority required for confirmation will allow that future president to do as he or she wishes without the advice of the Senate.
Anders Thornberg, head of the Swedish security agency, said the suspect "has appeared in our intelligence gathering in the past". Swedish media outlets reported Saturday that there was a homemade explosive device discovered in the mangled wreckage of the truck, which was towed overnight from the upscale shopping district that on Friday afternoon became a scene of carnage.
National-security experts have said that Rice's reported requests to identify who was speaking with the foreign officials before Trump was inaugurated were neither unusual nor against the law . "It's one of the big stories of our time ". Whoever leaked the classified information regarding the unmasked names might have committed a crime .