President Trump ordered a cruise missile strike against Syria early on Friday (local time). The strike was in retaliation for the chemical attack by the Syrian government on their own people earlier this week, which killed more than 80 civilians.
Sixty cruise missiles were reportedly fired from two Navy vessels in the Mediterranean Sea and struck a number of sites, including the airfield from where Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched the warplanes used in Tuesday’s chemical attack.
President Trump said the strike on Syria was in the “vital national security interest” of the United States.
Trump said the United States must “prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.’’ He said there is ‘‘no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons.”
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