Trump says Syria strikes "perfectly executed", declares "Mission Accomplished!"

Trump says Syria strikes

Freeland made the comments on the sidelines of a major worldwide summit in Lima, Peru, which U.S. President Donald Trump skipped last minute to deal with the recent chemical-weapons attack in Syria, which culminated in the launch of U.S., British and French strikes against Syrian targets on Friday night. In a speech announcing the attack, Trump blamed the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"Mission accomplished" is the same phrase former President George W. Bush infamously used in 2003, after the USA -led invasion of Iraq.

Asked about US-Russia relations, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said ties were "very strained" but that the United States still hoped for a better relationship.

"The American movies have shown since the 1990s that Russian-made weapons are 'backward.' However, today we can see who is really lagging behind", Assad said, according to Sablin.

Speaking to the BBC, Britain's Foreign Secretary (Minister) Boris Johnson said that Western powers had no plans for further missile strikes, though they would assess their options if Damascus used chemical weapons again.

On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron took credit for convincing Trump to change his mind about pulling out of Syria. "This lets them know that this not good behaviour". "Use often!" he tweeted.

But White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders insisted on Sunday that the strike was a success.

Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, said no missiles were stopped. They have done nothing but brutalize their people and destroy their land.

Donald Trump has been condemned by Russian Federation and Syria for the strikes, which have been dubbed by both county's leaders as "an act of aggression".

Critics, however, claimed Sunday that Trump was premature.

But France's foreign minister said there was "no doubt" the Assad government was responsible, and he threatened further retaliatory strikes if chemical weapons were used again, as did Pentagon chief Jim Mattis, who said the assault was a "one-time shot", as long as chemical weapons weren't used again. He added: "They think that they're exceptional".

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In the days leading up to the US -led airstrike, both Syria and Russian Federation said that reports of the chemical attack were fabricated.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) sounded a similar note of caution on ABC's "This Week" and called for a broader strategy. "That does not, however, solve the problem".

"I think the mission was a few things", Heather Nauert, acting under secretary of state for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, on Saturday told Fox News.

But after days of Trump's telegraphing the coming assault, the strikes appear to have taken aim at targets more limited than some within his administration had championed, and the extent to which they would knock out Syria's chemical weapons production capacity was unclear Saturday.

President Donald Trump's approach to Syria seems to be guided by a principle that has shaped so many of his administration's policies during his time in office: Do the opposite of his predecessor.

Russian and Iranian military help over the past three years has allowed Assad to crush the rebel threat to topple him.The US, Britain and France have all participated in the Syrian conflict for years, arming rebels, bombing Islamic State fighters and deploying troops to fight the militants.

She said President Trump "has made it very clear that, when it comes to weapons of mass destruction, we have no tolerance for it". But, she said, "We can not allow such grievous violations of worldwide law".

According to American officials, the operation involved three USA destroyers, a French frigate and a United States submarine located in the Red Sea, the Gulf and the eastern Mediterranean.

Haley sidestepped a question from Wallace of Fox News about whether any chemical attack - however small - definitely would trigger another round of airstrikes.

Although officials said the singular target was Assad's chemical weapons capability, his air force, including helicopters he allegedly has used to drop chemical weapons on civilians, were spared. "We'll watch his actions. He now dictates his life".

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