UPDATE: 4:10 a.m. EDT — British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Tuesday the United Kingdom will back the United States in its action against Syria to stop any possible chemical attacks by President Bashar Assad’s regime. The comments came after the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said late Monday that Washington found possible evidence of the Assad regime preparing for a new chemical attack.
“We’re very clear what our position is. The use of chemical weapons by Syria is absolutely abhorrent. The last time the United States took action to deal with the aircraft and airbase from which the attacks were launched, we fully supported the action,” Fallon said on BBC Radio 4’s Today show, according to Financial Times.
The White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer warned late Monday the President Donald Trump administration will make Syrian President Bashar Assad and his military “pay a heavy price” if his regime carries out another deadly chemical attack in the war-torn country. While Spicer said the U.S. found possible evidence of Syria readying for a new chemical attack, defense officials reportedly said they do not know what prompted the White House to issue such a statement.
“The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children. The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017, chemical weapons attack,” Spicer said in a statement Monday.
“As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. If, however, Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price,” the press secretary added.
Despite issuing the statement, the White House did not provide any immediate…