Trump & Macron coordinate Syria stance ahead of UNSC meeting on alleged chemical attack

President Donald Trump and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, have “exchanged information and analysis” concerning the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria’s Douma, the Elysee Palace said in a statement. While the US President has already laid the blame on Damascus for the alleged Saturday attack – as well as on Iran and Russia for their backing of the “animal” Bashar Assad – both Moscow and Damascus rejected the accusations as “fake news.” Russia called a UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting for Monday, to discuss threats to international peace and security, that will be held before an emergency meeting called by a coalition of nine countries, in the wake of reports of an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Eastern Ghouta. On Sunday, Trump and Macron agreed to form a united front to face Russia at the UNSC and to “coordinate their actions and initiatives,” the statement added. After Trump last year authorized a strike on Syria, based on reports of a chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun, Macron also announced that France might consider unilateral actions, including a military strike, if chemical weapons are ever used in Syria again.