Late Thursday night, president Trump approved missile strikes against Syria at an airbase that was used to carry out the horrendous chemical weapon attacks on civilians this week by Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
The president has received a lot of support for ordering the strike, indicating that at the very least we have bipartisan support on stopping Assad’s brutal regime.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz weighed in last night on Twitter with his thoughts by responding with just four words.
“God bless the USA!”
God bless the USA!
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) April 7, 2017
The situation in Syria continues to unfold, but here are some of the larger points from The Guardian that we know so far:
- The airstrikes targeted Shayrat airbase near Homs. The US has said this is the location from which Syrian forces launched a sarin nerve gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun on Tuesday morning.
- The Pentagon said 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched from the warships USS Ross and Porter in the eastern Mediterranean in the early hours of Friday morning, local time.
- Russia, a Syria ally that has been helping the Assad regime target rebel-held districts, condemned the US action. Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the president regarded the strikes as “aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international law, and under a false pretext”
- Peskov said Trump’s move would have consequences for relations between the two countries. “With this step Washington has struck a significant blow to Russian-American relations, which were already in a sorry state.”
The situation will continue to develop as we wait to see how Russia responds and if Assad has received the message to stop bombing his own people.