Although it is widely speculated that one of Trump’s aims in striking Syria was to garner further domestic public support for a political career off to a horrendous start, the result may, in fact, cost him a significant portion of his original support base.
"If you are looking for a world crisis which could bring about the dangers of a clash between great powers then North Korea is a bigger concern than Syria. I think what the Chinese are beginning to understand is that if this can’t be solved peaceably through negotiations, through pressure, then there is serious risk that the US will have only one option left, which is the military option."
Syrian president Assad was accused of dropping incendiary bombs on areas of Idlib and Hama provinces just days after the US launched a cruise missile attack on Syria for an alleged chemical attack by the Assad regime in the rebel-held town.
In this holiday-shortened week (markets closed for Good Friday), focus turns to several inflation prints in G10 in the week ahead, with US and UK inflation data likely to get the most attention. In addition, there are a few scheduled speaking engagements by Fed officials, including a speech by Fed Chair Yellen on Monday.
S&P futures point to a slightly lower open, while Asian and European stocks are likewise modestly in the red. Trading volumes are muted for most markets on Monday with investors spooked by rising geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and the Korean peninsula. It is also a holiday-shortened week in much of the West.
Islamic State militants attacked a US-led coalition base in southern Syria on Saturday, "triggering a fierce fight that required coalition airstrikes to repel, U.S. military officials said Sunday." Meanwhile, on Sunday the Qatar-owned Al Jazeera reported that Syrian jets have bombed the town of Idlib using White Phosphorus.
"During the night my colleagues were exposed to stone throwing in [the suburb of] Tensta, in the middle of an ongoing terror operation. To terror I want to say one thing, in pure Swedish: go to hell. My thoughts go to those affected in every way."
New chat logs between alleged Democratic National Committee hacker Guccifer 2.0 and a Playboy centerfold model surfaced today via Wikileaks on Twitter, throwing more fuel on the conspiracy theories surrounding murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich.
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