Trump Congratulates Military for Successful 'Attack' in Syria

Oceane Deschanel
Abril 19, 2017

In response, the USA fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian military air base American officials believe was used to carry out the attack.

However, he said the strike on the base, Syria's second-largest, with a fleet of Sukhoi-22, Sukhoi-24 and MiG-23 warplanes, is more of a moral blow than a military one.

It wasn't clear from where the strikes were launched, but the Syrian air force resumed flight operations at the base the United States struck Friday, two pro-regime media outlets and an opposition group said Saturday. "Every precaution was taken to execute this strike with minimal risk to personnel at the airfield". "It was a slow and brutal death", Trump said.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara sees the USA intervention in Syria as appropriate but not enough.

Both Tillerson and H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, said defeating the Islamic State group remained the administration's first priority, with the strategy for stabilizing Syria a longer-term political effort that could involve Russian Federation. "We're not going to have you cover for this regime anymore, '" Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Standing firm, the Trump administration signaled new sanctions would soon follow the missile attack, and the Pentagon was even probing whether Russian Federation itself was involved in the chemical weapons assault that compelled President Donald Trump to action. "(What) we are saying is, other countries have to ask themselves some hard questions", he said. Baird said that response deserves congratulations.

"The mere presence of American troops and troops of other countries in Syria without the consent of the Government of that country or decision by UN Security Counsil constitues a grave, explicit and unjustified violation of global law", says the statement, carried by Sputnik. "They were under a lot of pressure", he said. "Merely pictures of victims that were held up, that the whole world can see with horror, such pictures are not necessarily evidence of who did it".

"We. need a strategy to figure out what is our goals in Syria", said Republican Senator John Cornyn.

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Sen. John Cornyn (R) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill on March 14, 2017.

Not everyone was cheering in Washington, where the president's decision to act without congressional authority angered a mix of libertarian Republicans, Democrats and the far right.

Leaders of the "Alt-Right" white nationalist movement criticized Trump for abandoning his election campaign promises.

She blamed Iran and Russian Federation for standing by the Syrian government when it committed crimes.

Iran, which has provided crucial military and political support to Assad, meanwhile called for a fact-finding mission to determine what caused the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation called it one of the largest deployments from Russian Federation in decades.

Trump spent Friday in Florida, in private meetings with visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Protesters in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington chanted slogans against Trump's controversial move and showed their support for the Syrian people.

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