President Trump announces military action in Syria underway

A satellite image of the Shayrat airbase in western Syria after US bombing last year

And for the second time in his presidency, those visceral images helped propel Trump toward military strikes in a country he sees as a trap for the United States. "A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way".

"We are united in our resolve that Assad's barbaric use of chemical weapons can not go unanswered", Ryan said in a statement.

"The Assad regime's use of chemical weapons that led to the murder of dozens of Syrians - many of them children - is barbaric and a clear violation of global law", said Heller.

At a Pentagon briefing held an hour after President Trump's announcement, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and U.S. Chief of Staff General Joseph Dunford said the targets included a scientific research center in the Damascus area and a chemical weapons storage facility. Trump has reportedly been moved by images of the chemical weapons attack on the Syrian city of Douma outside of Damascus all week, calling it "atrocious".

Strong words from President Trump there.

But Trump is struggling to get support from other countries for his recent threat to impose import tariffs on China and the USA farm lobby is arguing that retaliation by China would hit American agricultural exports.

"I am hopeful our response to the Assad Regime's use of chemical weapons is carefully calibrated, and would stress that our actions must be coordinated with our global partners", he said.

"NATO has consistently condemned Syria's continued use of chemical weapons as a clear breach of global norms and agreements".

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that "we have proof" chlorine gas was used by Assad's regime.

In 2013, President Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons.

Priest said the new version excludes several critical provisions that would have benefited the US had it not withdrawn from the agreement past year. Russian Federation must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace.

"President Trump continues to conduct military operations without any comprehensive strategy or the necessary congressional authorization". If the US does take part, the pact would encompass 40 percent of global production and one-third of world trade.

The British, the statement said, will keep working with the United States and France to determine an worldwide response.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the 11 nations "fought hard to get the final agreement that we have now before us".

"I have done so because I judge this action to be in Britain's national interest", May said.

The UK defense ministry stated that the strike was executed by four Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s, that launched Storm Shadow missiles at what the UK military claims was a former missile base, some 15 miles west of Homs.

The bill that Trump signed Friday is named for her. So did some liberals, who applauded the airstrikes as a way to stop the horrors of chemical weapons, which have become a grim feature of the Syrian civil war.

A total of 88 members of Congress from both parties wrote Trump on Friday to urge him to consult with legislators before taking action.

"Syria's responsible. We are all in agreement", State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said earlier Friday. "We look forward to the day we can bring our warriors home, and great warriors they are".

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