US, UK & France launch 'precision strikes' in Syria

US, UK & France launch 'precision strikes' in Syria

US, UK & France launch 'precision strikes' in Syria

Mr Trump's decision to throw out the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and his pledge to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement were bedrock promises of his populist campaign, which centred heavily on unfair trade practices that he said had robbed United States manufacturers and workers.

Mr Trump said the military action was a combined operation with the armed forces of the United Kingdom and France.

President Trump says the action, which follows last week's suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, will serve as a strong deterrent against Syria using chemical weapons.

During the speech, Trump had a firm warning for Iran and Russian Federation regarding supporting a regime in Syria that uses chemical weapons against its own people.

"You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!" added Trump, referring to Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad. At a news conference later, Pentagon officials said this "phase" of the missile strikes against three so-called chemical research targets, one in the center of the Syrian capital, were completed and "no additional attacks are planned".

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The presence of Russian troops and air defenses in Syria were among numerous complications weighing on Trump, who must also consider the dangers to roughly 2,000 American troops in the country if Russia were to retaliate for USA strikes.

The administration said previously any response Assad's alleged chemical weapons use would be done in consultation with allies.

Syria has denied using chemical weapons.

The speaker said Trump could use existing authorization, which was approved after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

On Thursday, the White House said the president had directed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow "to take another look at whether or not a better deal could be negotiated". The Russian Foreign Ministry called the reports of Saturday's chemical attack "fake news", while the Russian military investigating the area found no traces of chlorine or nerve agents, any eyewitnesses who could confirm their use or anyone who might have been affected. And Sang-mi, what do we know about the targets of the joint airstrikes?

"Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path, or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace", Trump said.

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Shortly after being sworn in as president, Trump pulled the USA out of the 12-nation pact and the agreement could not enter into force.

"Every American, and particularly our men and women in uniform and their families, deserve far better than action without debate, accountability, and a Constitutionally-required authorization for the use of military force", he said in a statement.

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso reportedly said: "If it's true, I would welcome it".

The strikes were carried out together with Britain and France, he said.

The world is united in its disgust for any use of chemical weapons, but especially against civilians.

The one-off missile strike in April 2017 targeted the airfield from which the Syrian aircraft had launched their gas attack. In a statement Friday night, May called last weekend's chemical attack "pure horror".

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"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria under no circumstances", he said.

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