Trump denies he discussed assassination of Syria’s Assad

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"President Donald J. Trump has warned that such an attack would be a reckless escalation of an already tragic conflict and would risk the lives of hundreds of thousands of people", she added.

Peskov took issue with Trump's warning, saying the situation could have "dangerous, negative" consequences for the entire country.

"3.5 million people live there".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani are scheduled to meet in Tehran on Friday for a trilateral summit on Syria.

De Mistura pointed to press reports indicating that Syria has set a September 10 deadline for finding a solution before it begins an all-out offensive on the province. In line with an agreement previous year, Turkey had built 12 observation posts inside Idlib while Russian Federation and Iran had their posts outside the province.

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Trump's comments came after Russian and Syrian warplanes resumed airstrikes against insurgents in the densely populated enclave.

Air raids across the province killed at least 13 civilians, including six children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said.

After the chemical attack on Syrian civilians in April 2017, which prompted outrage across the world, Mr Trump reportedly said: "Let's f****** kill him!"

Tuesday's bombardment hit several areas held by the jihadist-led Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance, among them the large town of Jisr al-Shughur, but also areas held by rival Turkish-backed rebels, including the town of Ariha. "In total, last month, 47 terrorist unmanned aerial vehicles were destroyed... in the area of Russia's Hmeimim Airbase", Konashenkov told reporters.

Cavusoglu said a common strategy was required to eliminate terrorist groups in Idlib but the continuation of attacks could be disastrous.

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In April 2017, the USA military attacked a Syrian government airfield near Homs with 59 Tomahawk missiles in response to a chemical weapons attack.

Mr Trump said on Twitter: "Isn't it a shame that someone can write an article or book, totally make up stories and form a picture of a person that is literally the exact opposite of the fact, and get away with it without retribution or cost".

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump denies calling Sessions "mentally retarded, ' "dumb Southerner" Pressley blasts Trump as 'racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt" Capuano falls to Democratic challenger Pressley in Mass. primary MORE on Wednesday denied that he had discussed killing Syrian President Bashar Assad, one day after it was reported in Bob Woodward's forthcoming book that he had pushed for Assad to be assassinated in a conversation with his defense chief. "Let's go in. Let's kill the f*****g lot of them", Trump said according to Woodward's book.

According to the book "Fear: Trump in the White House", by Woodward, Trump wanted the United States military to go into Syria and assassinate al-Assad.

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