US stock market indexes took a dive after a fresh bout of ‘Twitter diplomacy’ from the US president over an alleged chemical weapon attack in Syria, according to media reports.
The Dow Jones industrial average ended up decreasing by nearly 219 points, with the Nasdaq composite and S&P 500 falling by 0.4 percent and 0.6 percent respectively on April 11.
This development apparently comes in the wake of Trump tweeting that Russia should be ready for a possible US missile strike against Syria.
Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 11 апреля 2018 г.
The president’s outburst followed an alleged chemical attack that reportedly took place in the Syrian city of Douma and claimed the lives of up to 70 people.
While White House press secretary Sarah Sanders stated that the US leader holds Russia and Syria responsible for this act, the Russian Foreign Ministry denied these allegations and said that these reports serve merely as a pretext for the possible use of military force against Bashar Assad.