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Donald Trump asked to consider a possible response to the use by the government army of chemical weapons near Damascus. This issue was discussed at the meeting of the head of the White House with the Minister of Defense James Mattis, as well as with National Security Adviser Herbert McMaster. The final decision, however, is not accepted.
According to the interlocutor of the newspaper, Mattis spoke against the attack on the army of Assad, while McMaster was for. At the same time, it is officially stated in the Pentagon that Mattis was not at all present at the discussion.
Reports on the use of chemical weapons in East Gut appeared on 25 February. Working in rebel-controlled areas, doctors claimed that a number of patients had symptoms of chlorine poisoning, and one child as a result died.
Russia and Syria categorically refuse the use by the government of chemical warfare agents. The Reconciliation Center, in turn, pointed out that the use of chemical weapons was prepared by militants in order to blame the government army for this.
In the spring of 2017, the United States made a cruise missile strike at the airfield in Syria. In Washington, this was explained by the fact that it was from there that planes took off, participating in a chemical attack in the south of the province of Idlib, which killed 80 people. In Moscow, they claimed that the use of chemical warfare agents was staged by the rebels.

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