President Trump has ordered cruise missile strikes against a Syrian regime military airbase, a defense official said late Thursday.
A U.S. official said “more than 50” Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched at the airbase, located in Western Syria. That base was where the U.S. believes the Assad regime carried out a chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians this week. The strikes were carried out from two U.S. destroyers in the Mediterranean Sea.
Trump is expected to give a statement later Thursday. CNN reported that the attack was carried out between 8 and 9 p.m. ET.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) praised the strikes during an interview with CNN.
“I think it was an important step,” he said. “This was not some symbolic measure.”
According to Fox New, President Trump told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida that the strikes were in the “vital national security interest of the United States.”