Georgia Republicans rally around Trump after Syria strikes
Apr 09 2017 by Michele Stevens
In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official website April 7, 2017, an aerial view shows shelters for aircraft at a Syrian air base after it was hit by US strike in Syria.
While the U.S. cruise missile strikes early on Friday were in retaliation for the gas attack, Mr Lavrov accused America of threatening global security. Lynch's concerns include escalating tit-for-tat with Russian Federation, advances by the so-called Islamic State, and reprisals against US troops in the region.
When Rex Tillerson makes his first trip to Russian Federation as secretary of state next week, he can no longer expect a warm welcome.
The decision undercut another campaign promise for Trump: his pledge to try to warm relations with Moscow.
In response, Syria's ally Russian Federation accused the United States of encouraging "terrorists" with unilateral actions. Watson clarified that he was not turning on Trump completely but was off the train with regard to Syria.
After viewing the horrendous images of suffering and death from the chemical attack, Trump said he had changed his view of Assad - even though similar images existed from the Syrian regime's chemical attack in 2013.
In one of the many ironies of this episode, Trump is clearly coming down on the side of the humanitarian interventionists, like Koh, who have spent decades pushing for broad authority to use military force to protect populations that are threatened by their own governments.
The US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told an emergency session of the UN Security Council that the US had acted to ensure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would never use chemical weapons again.
"As we see it, you have chosen a different path", Safronkov said. "It is in...[the] vital national security interest of the United States", the President said, moments after 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from warships in the Mediterranean hit the Shayrat airbase.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, condemned the Syrian chemical attacks but insisted further military action had to be approved by Congress.
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland delivered an awkwardly worded statement yesterday in which she said Assad's chemical attack "raises grave questions" about the possibility of working with his regime.
McCain says the air strikes should also serve as a message to Russia's president, Vladimir Putin.
"When you take your own path, this leads to frightful tragedies in the region", he told the Americans.
Cruise missiles fly low and have a relatively small radar cross-section so they are hard to destroy with air defences. "We need to pull back from the brink".
"They carried out strikes on the hardware that they wanted to inspect".
Dozens marched through downtown Chicago Friday to protest the USA missile strike on Syria.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) said, "It angers and saddens me that President Trump has taken the advice of war hawks and escalated our illegal regime change war to overthrow the Syrian government".
The Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin believes that the USA strike on a Syrian air base is an "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of worldwide law".
"There seems to have been no good-faith attempt to even notify Congress of this attack before it happened", Murphy said. It was recommended by the Pentagon, the official said, and the one Trump would ultimately choose.
"According to the United Nations, the Syrian government does not possess chemical weapons", he said. The BBC is unable to confirm this information.
"Why have you attacked the Syrian army which is at war with terrorists?
But I think the response of escalation - of more bombing, of more war - only means more dead children". The report could not be independently verified. United States officials noted that the timing of the strike had the possible added benefit of signaling to China that Trump is willing to make good on his threat to act alone to stop North Korea's nuclear pursuits if Beijing doesn't exert more pressure on Pyongyang.