On Thursday after the United States launched dozens of tomahawk missiles at Syria, President Trump released a statement and the transcript to address both the international community and America. Though the United States has remained largely uninvolved in the incredibly complicated conflict in Syria, Thursday marked a turning point in the Trump administration's reaction to the violence abroad.
According to The New York Times, 59 missiles hit Syria's Al Shayrat airfield, from which the aircrafts carrying the deadly nerve agent sarin were launched on Tuesdsay. The gas attack, which killed dozens of civilians, including children, in northern Syria, sparked international outrage. From that point forward, the Trump administration began addressing the situation with increasing sternness and immediacy. The day prior to the airstrikes, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley addressed an audience at the U.N. Security Council, saying, "When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action."
Haley also condemned Russia's unflinching support for the Assad regime, even after the chemical attack. Now, it looks as though the United States decided to take matters into its own hands. In fact, Trump ordered the missile launch without congressional approval, making the military move seem that much more aggressive.
President Trump: "I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria" https://t.co/NZ3FEQ1rXs— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 7, 2017
From Florida, the president said:
In the upcoming days, the president will be expected to answer a number of questions concerning the United States' relationship with Russia, who supports the Assad regime, and whether or not the nation will begin to accept more refugees.