Published: Sat, April 14, 2018

President Trump orders strikes against Syria - Full text of his statement

President Trump orders strikes against Syria - Full text of his statement

Trump also called out Russian President Vladimir Putin and said that Putin had guaranteed an global agreement for Assad in 2013 to get rid of all his chemical weapons.

French President Emmanuel Macron also confirmed his country's participation in the operation.

Trump says he has asked USA partners "to take greater responsibility for securing their home region, including contributing large amounts of money for the resources, equipment and all of the anti-ISIS effort".

UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed British involvement, saying there was "no practicable alternative to the use of force". But the draft proposal would not have covered actions against the Syrian regime.

In his nationwide address, Trump stressed that he has no interest in a longtime fight with Syria.

President Donald Trump announced that he ordered a strike on Syria in response to last weekend's alleged chemical weapons attack.

"First of all, we need a Syria strategy that we don't have", Sen.

It was not known if U.S pilots were flying over Syrian airspace, however, Mattis did say "manned aircraft" were involved in the airstrikes.

Analysts and diplomats said the strikes were unlikely to change the trajectory of the conflict.

Iran also boosts its military support for longtime ally Assad.

The U.K., U.S. and France launched the attacks near Damascus early Saturday.

The strikes were in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces on a rebel-held suburb of Damascus.

During a Thursday meeting with Trump and top military officials, Trump grew upset at the options being presented, according to people familiar with the conversations.


The allied operation came a year after a USA missile strike that Trump said was meant to deter Assad from further use of chemical weapons.

A US official told Reuters that Tomahawk cruise missiles also were involved.

The strike came as Trump has alluded to military action in Syria all week, even tweeting on Wednesday that Russian Federation should be "ready" because "nice and new and "smart" missiles "will be coming".

The president discussed possible targets and asked detailed questions about each option, said the official, who described the deliberations on condition of anonymity. He's spent extended portions of each day in fits of anger.

GOP lawmakers on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees also endorsed the attack, which Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said was about twice as large as a similar strike a year ago.

It said the attack was a flagrant violation of worldwide rules and regulations and ignores Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The coordinated military response also provided the president's actions heightened global legitimacy and protects him politically at home, where a lone military venture in the Middle East might well be unpopular.

Subscribe to the Defense One daily. Another close adviser to the President maintained that even members of the President's legal team have struggled to gain access to him as he mulled his options for responding. "Isolated punitive action is no replacement for a comprehensive strategy created to bring about an end to the conflict in Syria".

Mattis briefed reporters at the Pentagon Friday an hour after President Donald Trump announced the strike.

"This military facility was the Syrian centre for the research, development, production and testing of chemical and biological warfare technology". Trump tweeted at the time.

Explosions were reported near the Syrian capital Damascus. Vice President Mike Pence traveled in his place.

Trump spoke from the White House Friday night.

Before long, he was back at the banquet.

Trump promised that the strikes wouldn't necessarily be a one-off.

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