How the world is responding to military strikes in Syria


Trump said U.S., British and French forces had launched airstrikes targeting sites associated with Syria’s chemical-weapons capabilities, in response to a suspected attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime last weekend.

“A short time ago I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes,” Trump said in a statement on Friday.

Here is footage of the strikes from the Syrian Arab News Agency, via Storyful:

The strikes are intended to deter the Assad regime from using chemical weapons, which the government allegedly did last week in a suburb of Damascus. The order comes after Trump earlier in the week warned Syrian ally Russia to get ready for a military response in Syria.

“To Iran and to Russia, I ask what kind of nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men women and children,” Trump said in a televised statement.

On Wednesday, Trump, via Twitter, hinted that a military strike was imminent.

Here’s the video of Trump’s address regarding the military response in Syria.

Late Friday night, reactions from around the world began pouring in. Here are some notable statements on the attacks from global officials and congressional leaders in the U.S.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May:

Nigel Farage, former leader of the UK Independence Party:

French President Emmanuel Macron:

That loosely translates to: “On Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Duma, dozens of men, women and children were massacred with chemical weapons. The red line has been crossed. So I ordered the French armed forces to intervene.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan:

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy:

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise:

Sen. John McCain:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer:

Sen. Tim Kaine: