President Donald Trump’s statement on Syria:
“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. It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. 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 U.N. Security Council. Continue reading “Thur, Apr. 6, 2017: Trump launches missile strikes against Syria following chemical attack”
President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping sat down to steak and pan-seared sole shortly after Trump made the decision to pull the trigger on a missile strike in Syria — the biggest military action of his presidency.
Trump met with his national security team before the formal dinner in Mar-a-Lago Thursday, sitting through the meal with President Xi while action was underway.
Defense Secretary James Mattis updated President Trump about strikes following dinner, according to a US official.
The gathering, in an ornate private dining room on Trump’s opulent Florida estate, was taking place ahead of a series of high-stakes meetings where the two leaders are expected to tackle a range of complex issues.
The trade relationship between the two countries and the rising threat of North Korea’s nuclear program are due to be top of the agenda during discussions due to take place at Mar-a-Lago.
Trump and Xi are also scheduled to sit down together again on Friday for a working lunch, while first lady Melania Trump and Madame Peng Liyuan visit a local school together.
10:00 am: Receives the daily intelligence briefing
Noon: Departs White House
2:35 pm: Arrives West Palm Beach
6:30 pm: With the first lady, has dinner with President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan of China; Mar-a-Lago
U.S. President Donald Trump accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government of going “beyond a red line” with a poison gas attack on civilians and said his attitude toward Syria and Assad had changed, but gave no indication of how he would respond.
Trump said the attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, “crosses many, many lines”, an allusion to his predecessor Barack Obama’s threat to topple Assad with air strikes if he used such weapons. His accusations against Assad put him directly at odds with Moscow, the Syrian’s president principal backer.
“I will tell you, what happened yesterday is unacceptable to me,” Trump told reporters at a news conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah on Wednesday.
“And I will tell you, it’s already happened that my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much,” though when asked at an earlier meeting whether he was formulating a new policy on Syria, Trump said: “You’ll see.” Continue reading “Wed, Apr. 5, 2017: Trump holds joint press conference with King Abdullah, says chemical attacks in Syria ‘crossed many lines’”