WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has condemned the "heinous" suspected poison gas attack in Syria and said he'll make a decision on the U.S. response within 24 to 48 hours.
Speaking in the White House Cabinet Room Monday, Trump vowed to find out who is responsible for the attack that reportedly killed at least 40 people.
Trump said during a Cabinet meeting with reporters that, "If it's Russia, if it's Syria, if it's Iran, if it's all of them together, we'll figure it out."
Opposition activists said 40 people died in the chemical attack late Saturday in the suburbs of the Syrian capital and blamed it on the Syrian government, which is closely allied with Russia.
Syria has blamed Israel for a missile attack on a central air base early Monday that reportedly killed 14 people, including three Iranians.
The president also discussed the ongoing trade rift with China.
"China has been taking advantage of the United States for many years," the president told reporters. "They have really done a number on this country."
Trump said he didn't feel that China was to blame for the current trade situation. He blamed lawmakers and people in power that run the country. He added that he believed that the United States would come out stronger than ever before.
"We are slowly renegotiating NAFTA," Trump said. "We essentially have bad deals with everyone."
The president said that if they can't develop a fair trade deal, then they will terminate NAFTA.
Before concluding the cabinet meeting, the president added that his North Korea meeting would likely happen in May or early June.
"This should have been done by other presidents," Trump said. He believes his upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be "very exciting" for the whole world.