National Security & Defense

Trump Says Russia Relationship Is Worse Than During Cold War

President Trump departs the White House for a trip to Cleveland, Ohio, March 29, 2018. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

President Trump said early Wednesday morning that the U.S. has a worse relationship with Russia now than during the Cold War.

“There is no reason for this. Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together,” the president wrote. “Stop the arms race?”

Russia warned on Tuesday that it will shoot down any American missiles the U.S. may launch in retaliation for Syria’s chemical attack on its own people on Saturday.

“Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!'” the president tweeted Wednesday.

“If there is a strike by the Americans then … the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired,” Alexander Zasypkin, Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon told Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV.

“I think that the United States understands this and will not allow it, because otherwise, Russia’s response will be immediate,” agreed Yevgeny Serebrennikov, deputy chairman of Moscow’s Defence Committee in statements to Sputnik.

The chemical attack in a suburb of Damascus, assumed to be perpetrated by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, killed dozens including women and children, as shown in horrific photos from the area.

The action received international condemnation, Britain telling the United Nations that “Syria and its backers in Russia and Iran” are responsible for the “diabolical” chemical attack. Russia affords military aid to the Syrian regime.

Russia has the “blood of Syrian children” on its hands, said U.S. envoy to the UN Nikki Haley.

The attack is “another example of the Assad regime’s brutality and the brazen way in which they have ignored the interests of their people,” said British Prime Minister Theresa May.

The White House, France, and Britain are said to be considering a counter-move to the chemical attack.

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