The Scottish First Minister slammed the American after he launched a missile strike on a Syrian government air base in retaliation to a chemical attack.
The President launched dozens of Tomahawk missiles at the Shayrat air base, which the Pentagon claims was involved in the attack this week.
Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme, Ms Sturgeon echoed comments from the SNP’s foreign affairs spokesman Alex Salmond, suggesting President Trump’s intervention was “no substitute for a real plan for peace”.
The First Minister, who had just finished a five-day visit to the US, said: “My doubt and my scepticism about simply dropping bombs is that it doesn’t necessarily take us one single inch closer to that peaceful outcome.”
Nicola Sturgeon has slammed US intervention in Syria
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She claimed offering refuge to Syrians fleeing the brutal conflict in their home country could be just as effective as military action.
Ms Sturgeon continued: “What I understand is the instinct to do something in the face of the quite horrific chemical attack carried out by the Assad regime earlier this week. The regime is completely beyond the pale.
“So there is in these circumstances I think always a sense of wanting to hit back and to do something.
“My concern about air strikes is and always has been that they are no substitute for a real plan for peace and what we need to see in Syria is an end to the conflict, the multifaceted, horrible conflict that is under way in that country.
“I suppose I have a concern that air strikes, particularly given what appears to be the quite dramatic change in the position of the American administration, increases the uncertainty and the unpredictability of the situation in Syria.
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“There must be a focus on trying to find a peace that is sustainable in Syria.”
Not wanting to suggest the air strikes had worsened the conflict, she added: “I have had a longstanding concern, my party has had a longstanding concern, about air strikes in isolation.
“I think the experience not just in Syria but in past conflicts tell us what simply bombing a country from on high does not necessarily contribute to peace.
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“And while I think it’s too early to say this in Syria, we have seen in some past cases that isolation air campaigns can exacerbate rather than help build a peaceful solution.
“So I think what we need to see is an intensification of the work that’s been led this very week in Brussels with the UN envoy in Syria to try to find a peace that will be sustainable.
“I think there also has to be even more action by countries like the UK in terms of refugees and giving refuge to people who are fleeing that conflict.”