President Trump ordered a military attack against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday, joining France and the United Kingdom in launching missile strikes in retaliation for last weekend’s chemical weapons attack.
Trump addressed the nation on Friday night, saying the strike was a joint operation with France and the United Kingdom. “A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad,” Trump said.
Trump said that the “massacre” last weekend in Syria “was a significant escalation in a pattern chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime.”
“The evil and the despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air. These are not the actions a man,” Trump said, referring to Assad. “They are crimes a monster instead.”
“Tonight, I ask all Americans to say a prayer for our noble warriors and our allies as they carry out their missions. We pray that god will bring comfort to those suffering in Syria. We pray that god will guide the whole region toward a future dignity and peace.”
Trump said the mandate for an allied attack was open-ended, but Pentagon chiefs later said the strikes Friday would be repeated only if Assad took further action that warranted a response.
Check out Trump address the nation (below), and say a prayer that we don’t go into WWIII anytime soon.