President Donald Trump on Friday announced that he ordered strikes on Syria as retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack last weekend, CNN reported.
“I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator of Bashar al-Assad,” Trump said.
BREAKING: Pres. Trump orders strikes on Syrian targets following last week's suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria. pic.twitter.com/lTNEvJvyf9
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Trump said the strikes were a “combined operation” with France and the United Kingdom and that the U.S. is “prepared to sustain this response” until the Syrian regime discontinues its use of chemical agents.
He added that the U.S. would not have an “indefinite presence” in Syria.
He added: “Hopefully someday we’ll get along with Russia, and maybe even Iran, but maybe not.”
On Wednesday, Trump tweeted about the “nice and new and ‘smart’” missiles that would be fired in Syria, adding, “get ready Russia.”
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