Speaking to reporters outside his Mar-a-Lago resort, he said: “On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.
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Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children.“Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this vast barbaric attack.
It was a slow and brutal death for so many.
Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.
“Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the military airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched.
“It is in the vital national security interests of the United States to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons.”
“There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention, and ignored the urging of the U.N. Security Council.”
The President, clearly moved by the horrific images emerging from Syria following the attack, said “years of previous attempts of changing Assad’s behaviour have all failed.
“We ask for God’s wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world. We pray for the lives of the wounded and for the souls of those who have passed.”
The President concluded: “We hope that as long as America stands for justice, then peace and harmony will in the end prevail.”
The strike was launched at 8:45 p.m. ET, targeting the airfield’s hangers, aircraft, runways, and fuel storage areas.
Trump’s action in the region within in his first 77 days as Commander in Chief is a stronger display of force than former President Barack Obama used over his eight year term.