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Eli Lake

What Reset? White House to Call Out Russia's Fake News on Syria

A new National Security Council dossier lays out the claim for Assad's culpability in chemical weapons attack.
Not fake news.
Photographer: MOHAMED AL-BAKOUR/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump's Russian reset is in big trouble.

That's one message of a four-page dossier on the Syrian government's April 4 chemical weapons attack that killed up to 100 people and injured many more. The document, prepared by the National Security Council and scheduled for release later Tuesday, provides details on the U.S. assessment that the Syrian regime was responsible for the atrocity. But it also amounts to a public change of heart for a Trump administration that had, like its predecessor, hoped for improved relations with Russia.