And for the second time in his presidency, those visceral images helped propel Trump toward military strikes in a country he sees as a trap for the United States. "Providing a deterrence against the continued use of these weapons is in the vital national security interest of the United States, and I pray that our men and women of the armed forces execute their mission safely tonight".
The allied operation comes a year after a USA missile strike that Trump said was meant to deter Assad from further use of chemical weapons.
"The Assad regime's use of chemical weapons that led to the murder of dozens of Syrians - many of them children - is barbaric and a clear violation of worldwide law", said Heller.
President Trump warns Assad: "Big price to pay" for fatal Syria attackThe strike came as Trump has alluded to military action in Syria all week, even tweeting on Wednesday that Russian Federation should be "ready" because "nice and new and "smart" missiles "will be coming".
The Syrian government has repeatedly denied any use of banned weapons.
Because the deal was centered heavily on regulatory policy under President Obama, some wonder how re-entry fits into the Trump administration's overall goals. New Zealand's trade minister said his country is not blind to the benefits of free trade with the world's largest economy, but US participation remains theoretical.
While no further strikes have been planned, Le Drian refused to rule out a further attack if Assad crossed the "red line" of using chemical weapons again. He described the main aim as establishing "a strong deterrent" against chemical weapons use.
France's defense minister, Florence Parly, said that cruise missiles were fired and that an air raid was launched from multiple air bases in France, the AP reported.
And then there's the other trillion-dollar question: "How receptive will the other 11 nations be to welcoming the USA back?"
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"Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path, or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace", Trump said.
Looking around our very troubled world, Americans have no illusions.
The approach, Biddle said, reflects Trump's roots as a real estate developer who made risky bets and went bankrupt several times on the way to making billions of dollars.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the 11 nations "fought hard to get the final agreement that we have now before us".
Trump's United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, said the president had not yet made a final decision, two days after he tweeted that Russian Federation should "get ready" because a missile attack "will be coming" at Moscow's chief Middle East ally. Now, they said, his orders were being carried out.
A team of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was on its way to Syria after accepting an invitation from the Syrian government to study soil and other samples in Duma, the Damascus suburb where the alleged attack took place. Last April, he ordered the strike of almost 60 Tomahawk missiles that destroyed a Syrian air base.
At a Cabinet meeting Monday, Trump condemned the "atrocious attack", promising speedy action.
Trump spoke from the White House Friday night.
"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria".
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