Donald Trump warns Syria and Russia of possible U.S. strike

Syria's military is moving into a defensive position as the president warns of a possible retaliatory attack. ABC News' Molly Hunter reports from London.
2:40 | 04/12/18

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Transcript for Donald Trump warns Syria and Russia of possible U.S. strike
Good Thursday morning everyone we begin with the showdown in Syria and a countdown to a US military strike the tensions rising right now president from Taunton Russia warning missiles are coming. The White House says all options are on the table but insists no decisions have been made as yet. Meantime the Associated Press reports some Syrians are now stocking up on food and even preparing underground shelters. ABC's Molly hunter has more on the preparations underway right now money morning. Thank and it's good morning that's right a Russian newspaper this morning is reporting that there are secret negotiations going on that the Russians are actually pressing the Americans for the targets. They can get their forces out of the way. This morning Syria is bracing for a possible attack from US military. The US officials that the Syrian military is moving into a more defensive posture vacating strategic targets and moving warplanes between its bases. Satellite images show Russian ships sailing out of the naval base in Syria. Getting in position to warn about. Intercept incoming attack. The preparations come just hours after president trump responded to Moscow's threat. It would shoot down and missiles fired at its ally president Bashar Al Assad president Tran tweeting get ready Russia because they will be coming. Nice and new and Smart you shouldn't be partners for the gas killing animal who kills his people. And enjoys it. But the White House insists no decisions have been made yet. Why is the president. Telegraphing his military intentions on Twitter announcing effectively an attack on Twitter. Again the president has not laid out a timetable and still leaving a number of other options on the table. Syria calls the US president's threats reckless and a danger to international peace. Net president trump promised eight forceful response actors suspected chemical attack. Killed dozens of people this summer held by rebels fighting when asked if he had enough evidence to blame aside for the attack. Defense Secretary teams benefit the US and its Alice are still assessing the intelligence. We stand ready to provide military option took their appropriate. At the president determined aside denies carrying out a chemical attack. But the regime has done it before many time. Activists posting this video of the yellow gas canister over the weekend. Weapons experts in human rights organizations tedious regime has used the scene yellow gas canisters in previous chlorine attacks. Now the Russian military says there in full control of do my that's the town outside of Damascus where that suspected attack happened. That's gonna make it a lot harder for independent investigators to get in but that doesn't sound like the US. Get awake at La. I know and that indeed the next and the two hours critical Molly thank you.

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