President Donald Trump made his first remarks since authorizing a military strike on a Syrian base
U. S. President Donald Trump holds a rally at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, U. S. March 20, 2017.
Last Updated Apr 6, 2017 10:26 PM EDT
President Donald Trump Thursday night said there is “no dispute” that Bashar al-Assad’s regime is Syria was behind the use of “banned chemical weapons” that killed dozens of Syrian civilians earlier this week , speaking moments after the U. S. launched an air strike on Syria’s Shayrat airfield, where Mr. Trump said the deadly attack originated.
“Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children,” Mr. Trump said.
“No child of God should ever suffer such horror,” Mr. Trump continued.
Mr. Trump said the Syrian refugee crisis “continues to deepen” as the region “continues to destabilize,” threatening the security of the U. S. and her allies. Mr. Trump made the statements from his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, shortly after the United Nations Security Council canceled a vote on any intervention in Syria after the chemical attack. The strike involved nearly 60 cruise missiles, which are GPS-guided and are very precise.
Military intervention marked a sharp pivot for Mr. Trump from his previous stance on Syria and the Assad regime. Mr. Trump had been reluctant to interfere in Syria, first expressing his attitude had changed at a news conference in the White House Rose Garden Wednesday.
“That attack on children had a big impact on me,” Mr. Trump said at the time. “Big impact.”
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The Syrian government has denied the use of chemical weapons on its own people.
Russia warned the U. S. not to intervene in Syria before the strike, raising questions about how Russia will respond.
“All responsibility if military action occurs will be on the shoulders of those who initiated such a doubtful, tragic enterprise,” Russian Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov told reporters following a closed-door Security Council meeting on Syria.
Mr. Trump, back in 2013, expressed his opposition to intervening in Syria.
What I am saying is stay out of Syria.
He also said the president must get approval from Congress first, before taking any military action.
The President must get Congressional approval before attacking Syria-big mistake if he does not!
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Just how many almonds does he really eat, anyway?