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Trump Plays Golf As Russia Threatens Retaliation (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante

President Donald Trump was spotted playing yet another round of golf over the weekend as he learned that Russia is threatening retaliation after his missile strikes against Syria.

Trump played a few rounds at the Trump International Golf Course in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 9, the Daily Mail reported. It is the second day in a row he was seen golfing after launching cruise missiles at a Syrian air base on April 6.

The airstrike was reportedly in response to the chemical weapons attack in Syria, which killed more than 70 people, The New York Post reported. Trump said Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was behind the attack.

Syria's foreign minister, Walid Muallem, has denied the allegations, Al Jazeera reported.

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"I stress to you once again: the Syrian army has not, did not, and will not use this kind of weapons -- not just against our own people, but even against the terrorists that are targeting our civilians indiscriminately," Muallem said during a press conference in Damascus.

The missile strike has struck a nerve with Syrian allies. Russian and Iranian forces said the United States crossed a "red line" with the surprise attack against al-Assad.

"From now on we will respond with force to any breach of red lines and America knows our ability to respond well," joint command center of Russia, Iran and the Islamist militant group Hezbollah said in a statement, according to the Daily Mail.

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The Russian Embassy in London added that there could be a "real war" if Moscow is presented with an ultimatum over Syria.

Despite tensions flaring over the airstrikes in Syria, Trump took to the golf course for the 16th time since becoming president. He frequently attacked previous President Barack Obama for spending too much time on the green.

During his presidential campaign, Trump said he would probably never see the golf course again if he became commander in chief.

"You know what -- and I love golf -- but if I were in the White House, I don't think I'd ever see Turnberry [in Scotland] again," Trump said. "I don't think I'd ever see Doral again -- I own Doral, in Miami. I don't think I'd ever see many of the places that I have."

"I don't ever think that I'd see anything," Trump added. "I just wanna stay in the White House and work my ass off, make great deals, right? Who's gonna leave? I mean, who's gonna leave?"

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said U.S. and Russia relations were "completely ruined" on April 7. He added that the U.S. was "on the verge of a military crash with Russia."

Sources: Daily Mail, New York Post, Al Jazeera / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, CNN via Daily Mail, Twitter via Daily Mail

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