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White House No final decision: The White House said Thursday that President Donald Trump has not made any final decisions regarding a U.S. response to a deadly chemical attack in Syria after convening with national security advisers at the White House.

  The president told reporters ahead of the meeting that he was reviewing all options amid growing international calls for action against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was among the top U.S. officials attending the White House meeting with the president.

“No final decision has been made,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said after the meeting eneded. “We are continuing to asses intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies.”

Sanders said Trump is scheduled to speak with France’s President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May later Thursday.

Trump, who earlier this month expressed his interest in pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, said that the recent suspected chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma is leaving the U.S. with little choice but to respond.

 The U.S. now has blood and urine samples from last Saturday’s deadly attack that have tested positive for chemical weapons, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the intelligence, NBC News reported Thursday. The samples suggested the presence of both chlorine gas and an unnamed nerve agent, the officials said.

“It’s too bad the world puts us in a situation like that,” the president said. “We’ve done a great job with ISIS, absolutely decimated ISIS, now we have to make further decisions. They’ll be made soon.”

Syrian opposition activists and aid groups said over the weekend that dozens of people had died in the suspected chemical weapons attack on Douma, and aid groups are blocked off from accessing the afflicted area. Read more

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White House No final decision: The White House said Thursday that President Donald Trump has not made any final decisions regarding a U.S. response to a deadly chemical attack in Syria after convening with national security advisers at the White House.