President Donald Trump on Friday night ordered a military strike on Syrian targets following last week’s suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria.
Addressing the nation Friday evening, Trump said the joint strike with France and United Kingdom is currently underway.
“A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad,” Trump said. “A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway.”
“We look forward to the day when we can bring our warriors home,” he said. “… We pray that God will bring comfort to those suffering in Syria.”
Trump tweeted a warning to Russia on Wednesday that they should be “ready” because “nice and new and ‘smart'” missiles “will be coming.”
Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
But Thursday, he seemed to walk back that statement, tweeting military action “could be very soon or not so soon at all.”
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— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) April 14, 2018