On Thursday evening, President Donald Trump responded to the chemical terrorist attack that left nearly 100 people dead in Syria by launching an airstrike on a Syrian airbase. Immediately afterwards, Trump released a brief statement explaining exactly why he had ordered the strike.
Here’s Trump’s full statement, courtesy of ABC News:
“My fellow Americans, on Tuesday Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack.
No child of God should ever suffer such horror.
Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the chemical weapons convention and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council.
Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behaviour have all failed and failed very dramatically. As a result, the refugee crisis continues to deepen and the region continues to destabilise, threatening the United States and its allies.
We ask for God’s wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world. We pray for the lives of the wounded and for the souls of those who have passed. We hope that as long as America stands for justice, then peace and harmony will, in the end, prevail.
Good night and God bless America and the entire world.
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