Donald Trump defends use of 'mission accomplished' phrase for Syria strike

Syrian official news agency SANA shows smoke rising from airstrikes on a chemical weapons research center outside Damascus

Syrian official news agency SANA shows smoke rising from airstrikes on a chemical weapons research center outside Damascus

"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", the United States president said in a televised address.

"Everyone is going to feel it at this point", Haley said, warning of consequences for Assad's foreign allies. "It is such a great Military term, it should be brought back", he wrote.

The U.S. Department of Defense released video footage of tomahawk missiles being launched from a submarine in the Mediterranean Sea at targets in Syria as part of a "multi-national strike operation against the Syrian government".

Inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were due to visit Douma later on Saturday to inspect the site of the suspected gas attack on April 7.

His selection of phrases recalled an analogous declare related to President George W. Bush following the USA -led invasion of Iraq.

President Bush addressed sailors on board a Navy ship in May 2003 alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organised an insurgency that tied down U.S. forces for years. He also noted that while administration officials had notified congressional leaders Friday just before the strike, "they didn't supply the evidence" of chemical use. Under the War Powers Resolution, the president must keep Congress informed of such actions. The airstrikes, she insisted, also do not represent a change in USA policy.

The Syrian raid was so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term "Mission Accomplished".

"We're not going to leave until we know we've accomplished those things", she said. "I would say there's still a residual element of the Syrian programme that's out there", he said.

Trump's approach, he said, "is not about the balance of power in Syria".


No military response from any actors in Syria - including Iran and Russian Federation - has been seen, the Pentagon said.

Russian Federation called an emergency meeting of the United Nation's Security Council to introduce a resolution condemning the "aggression" of the joint strike from U.S., British and French forces.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss what Moscow decried as an unjustified attack on a sovereign state. The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gasoline additionally was used.

This is what Trump tweeted Saturday morning.

Syria media reported that several of these strikes were intercepted, but Pentagon spokesperson Dana White dismissed these claims. In a US military action a year ago in response to a sarin gas attack, missiles took out almost 20 percent of the Syrian air force, the Pentagon said.

While there appears to be no immediate alternative to the so-called Geneva Process that would lead to a political transition in Syria, several senior US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, insisted it has failed and it was time to rethink. And now you know the full story, ' he said.

Assad's presidential Twitter account Saturday appeared to show him unfazed by the military strikes. That did not mean military strikes would continue. The truth is, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Workers, mentioned no extra assaults had been deliberate.

Asked about Trump's "Mission Accomplished" assertion, White said it pointed to the successful targeting of three Syrian chemical weapons sites.

Several U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was not a priority for the administration to push out Assad, who has survived with massive aid from Iran and Russian Federation.

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