Donald Trump hailed a ‘perfectly executed strike’ after he authorized a series of missile attacks against Syria in response to the Assad regime’s chemical attack against its own people.
The president wrote on Twitter on Saturday morning: ‘Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!’
He added: ‘So proud of our great Military which will soon be, after the spending of billions of fully approved dollars, the finest that our Country has ever had. There won’t be anything, or anyone, even close!’
A ‘large part’ of the Syrian regime’s chemical arsenal was destroyed during co-ordinated strikes by America, the UK and France on facilities known to be used in the production of the deadly weapons.
American, British and French forces launched airstrikes on two chemical weapons facilities and a military command post in Syria on Friday night in retaliation for a chemical attack that left up 75 civilians dead last week.
French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Saturday morning: ‘A large part of its chemical arsenal has been destroyed. A lot has been destroyed in last night’s strikes.’
While no further strikes have been planned, Le Drian refused to rule out a further attack if Assad crossed the ‘red line’ of using chemical weapons again.
He said: ‘On the question of chemical weapons, there is a red line that must not be crossed, and if it should be crossed again, there will be another intervention. But I think the lesson has been learned.’
It comes after Trump addressed the U.S. while British Prime Minister Theresa May and President Emmanuel Macron both gave speeches justifying the use of force in response to the ‘evil and despicable’ poison gas attack.
Trump spoke in a national address at 9pm ET last night as missiles rained down on three sites across Syria. He said he ordered the precision strikes in direct retaliation to Bashar al-Assad’s ‘evil and despicable’ poison gas attack on the rebel-held town of Douma.