On Thursday evening, President Trump addressed the American people from his Florida estate Mar-a-Lago after it was announced that at approximately 8:45 p.m. ET dozens of Tomahawk cruise missiles had been launched by the U.S. at a Syrian airfield, in an attempt to destroy a military infrastructure.
The launch was the first response by the United States to Tuesday’s Sarin gas attack in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib which killed more than 80 men, women, and children.
“My fellow Americans, on Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians,” the president began. “Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched.”
Russia swiftly condemned the strike Friday, maintaining its position that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had not used chemical weapons on his own people, particularly at this critical time in the nations’ joint effort to counter terrorism. The Kremlin underscored its response by stating that this action by the United States would only further corrode already tenuous relations between Moscow and Washington.
Iran also condemned the attack, which reportedly killed six people in what the Syrian Army has described as an act of “flagrant aggression.”
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