Donald Trump said the United States carried out targeted missile strikes on a Syrian airfield “in the vital national security interest of the United States.”
The United States launched a missile attack against the base Thursday night, just hours after a deadly chemical attack in the country left dozens of civilians dead, including women and infants. The president made the below remarks from his Mar-a-Lago estate, where he is currently hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“My fellow Americans, on Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians,” Trump said. “Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many — even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.”
“Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in the vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. There can be no dispute that Syria used bad chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention, and ignored the urging of the U.N. Security cancel. Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behavior have all failed, and failed very dramatically. As a result, the refugee crisis continues to deepen and the region continues to destabilize, threatening the United States and its allies.”
“Tonight I call on all civilized nations to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria, and also to end terrorism of all kinds. 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 the passed.”