Report: White House Considering Citing The Killing Of Russian Fighters In Syria As Sign Of "Tough Stance" Toward Putin

Bloomberg: White House Considers Citing Russian Deaths in Syria as Sign of U.S. Resolve

* Trump’s spokeswoman makes oblique reference to Syria battle
* More than 200 mercenaries may have died in Feb. 7 fight

The Trump administration is considering citing the deaths of scores of Russian mercenaries in a Feb. 7 battle with U.S.-backed forces in Syria as evidence of the president’s tough stance toward the Kremlin, a person familiar with the matter said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made an oblique reference to “an incident” on Tuesday, as she argued that President Donald Trump has been tougher on Russia than his predecessor Barack Obama. She was alluding to the Syria battle -- an episode that threatens to deepen tensions with Moscow.

“He has done a number of things to put pressure on Russia and to be tough on Russia. Just last week, there was an incident that will be reported in the coming days, and another way that this president was tough on Russia,” Sanders said in a briefing for reporters.

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Update: Risking Major Escalation, Trump Weighs Killing Of Russian Fighters In Syria As Sign Of "Tough Stance" Toward Putin (Zero Hedge).

WNU Editor: I doubt that the administration is considering to do this .... this is just speculation from Bloomberg. But in the event that Bloomberg is 0.0001% accurate .... and this is what the White House does .... it is a guarantee that in the weeks and months to come we will be hearing of an accidental Russian military strike on a U.S. base/ship/FOB/etc. that has resulting in the killing of a hundred or more U.S. troops .... and the Russians will be saying ooopppsss! .... it was a mistake.

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