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President Trump’s tweet threatening to strike Syria came as a surprise to top White House aides who were still crafting the administration’s response to the country’s apparent chemical attack on civilians, according to The Washington Post.

Trump tweeted early Wednesday morning that “nice and new and ‘smart'” missiles would soon be launched at Syria, where the government is believed to be behind a chemical attack on Saturday that left 70 dead and more than 500 others injured.

The article went on to state the following:

Advisers were reportedly surprised by the tweet, with one senior White House official telling the Post they found the tweet “alarming” and “distracting.”

Trump has laid blame for a chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians earlier this week squarely at the feet of Assad and his ally Putin and said he would decide on a response soon.

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