President Donald Trump sent a clear message to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and the rest of the world when he ordered airstrikes into Syria from the Souther White House Thursday night.
Trump immediately garnered support from across the aisle and around the world, as well as criticism — but one thing was clear. The message: chemical weapons are not to be used on innocent civilians.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi endorsed Trump’s decision (according the Washington Examiner):
“Making sure Assad knows that when he commits such despicable atrocities he will pay a price is the right thing to do,” Schumer said in a statement released late Thursday. “I salute the professionalism and skill of our Armed Forces who took action today.”
“Tonight’s strike in Syria appears to be a proportional response to the the regime’s use of chemical weapons,” Pelosi said in a statement.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly put out a statement in favor as well:
“In both word and action, President Trump sent a strong and clear message today that the use and spread of chemical weapons will not be tolerated. Israel fully supports President Trump’s decision and hopes that this message of resolve in the face of the Assad regime’s horrific actions will resonate not only in Damascus, but in Tehran, Pyongyang and elsewhere.”
Trump last night said the strike on Syria was in the “vital national security interest” of the U.S. “to deter the spread of deadly chemical weapons.”
“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 this horror,” Trump said from his Mar-a-Lago Southern White House.
“I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types,” he said. “Years of previous attempts at changing Assad have failed and failed terribly. Tonight I call on all civilized nations to seek an end to all bloodshed and to all perils of all kinds.”