Streamed live 13 hours ago via The White House Youtube channel – Statement by President Trump on Syria – President Trump orders military strike on Syria
President Donald Trump has authorized a military strike in Syria.
Israel Defense Forces went to high alert at the northern border, as military officials maintained a watchful stance to see how the leaders of Russia, Iran and Syria would react.
National Security Council officials told reporters late Thursday night the bombing was targeted specifically to avoid hitting the storage tanks where the chemicals was being held, in order to minimize the danger of releasing any more of the sarin nerve gas. Rather, the missiles were aimed at the airfield and runways and other targets in order to “prevent and deter the use of deadly chemical weapons.”
President Donald Trump said the strike was in “the vital national interest of the United States.” It took place just as he was bidding “good night” to his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, after a working dinner at Mar-a-lago in Florida.
In a televised speech to the nation shortly after, he said, “Tonight I ordered an air attack on the air field from where the chemical attack was launched… The region continues to destabilize, threatening the United States and its allies … I call on all civilized nations to end the slaughter in Syria and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types.”