President Donald Trump announced that he had ordered precision missile strikes on Syria in reaction to the use of chemical weapons by Bashar al-Assad.
“These are not the actions of a man, but crimes of a monster,” Trump said, condemning Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad for using chemical weapons against his people.
The president made his remarks at the White House on Friday evening.
He described al-Assad’s actions an “evil and despicable attack”
Trump indicated that the United States was teaming up with Britain and France to launch the strikes.
He described their attacks as “righteous power” employed the “barbarism and brutality” of chemical weapons.
The president confirmed that these attacks would be greater than last year, and would last longer than his limited strike in 2017.
“We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents.”
The president called out Russia and Iran for supporting Assad in Syria.
“To Iran and to Russia I ask what kind of a nation wants to be associated with a mass murder of innocent men, women and children?”
Trump specifically called out Russia for their support of Assad, urging them to stop backing the Syrian dictator.
“Russia must decide whether it will continue down this dark path,” Trump