WASHINGTON (ABC NEWS) – The U.S. has taken action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
President Donald Trump ordered airstrikes against Syria, just days after the regime there allegedly used chemical weapons on its own people.
American Tomahawk cruise missiles took-out the air base used by Syrian warplanes for Tuesday’s chemical weapons attack.
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President Trump stated “Tonight I ordered a target military strike on an airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched.”
The president, at his Mar-A-Lago Resort, urged the international community to denounce Syrian President Bashar Al Assad for his suspected use of Sarin gas against his own people. The President stated “Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this..very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror?”
More than 80 were killed, mostly women and children, in brutal, horrific deaths.
Russia decried the action, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said he “Regards the strikes as aggression against a sovereign nation, in violation of international law.”
U.S. lawmakers are responding as well? Many are praising the president’s actions, but others said congress should have been consulted.
Republican Senator Rand Paul tweeted, “While we all condemn the atrocities in Syria, the United States was not attacked.” and Democratic Senator Tim Kaine called the president’s failure to consult congress “unlawful.”
For the new president, it is a reversal of his previous position, and it’s also a message to the international community.
The big question now is what’s next? At this point, this is presumed to be a one-time action against Syria, more symbolic than crippling to Assad.
Any next steps would likely require consultations with congress and other nations.