Charlie Spiering – April 13, 2018
President Donald Trump announced that he had ordered precision missile strikes on Syria in reaction to the use of chemical weapons by Bashar al-Assad.
“These are not the actions of a man. They are crimes of a monster instead,” Trump said, condemning the regime for using chemical weapons against his people in the ongoing civil war in the country. Early reports from Syria noted explosions on military sites as the president spoke.
The president made his remarks at the White House on Friday evening, arguing that preventing the spread of chemical weapons was in the interests of the United States. He pointed out that chemical weapons had been banned by civilized nations since World War I.
“The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons,” he wrote. “Establishing this deterrent is a vital interest of the United States.”