Donald Trump launched dozens of missiles on an air base in Syria after reports of a chemical attack
Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, has said the President was acting in the interests of America when he launched the attack on Syria.
President Trump launched dozens of missiles on the air base in Syria, reportedly destroying up to 20 per cent of the nation’s operation aircraft, in response to reports of a suspected chemical attack on citizens in the Middle East country.
The chemical weapons attack, believed to have been ordered by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, caused the deaths of at least 87 people, including 30 children, in the country’s northern Idlib province last week.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer claims the airstrike is in line with 'America first'
Trump’s airstrike, according to Mr Spicer, aligns with the President’s America-first policy, because the potential use of chemical weapons in Syria is classified as a national security threat.
Mr Spicer said: “I think the Trump doctrine is something that he articulated throughout the campaign, which is that America’s first.
“I think if you recognise the threat that our country and our people face if there is a growth of use or spread of chemical weapons of mass destruction, those, the proliferation of those, the spread to other groups, is a clear danger to our country and to our people.”
Countries that support and oppose the missile strikes in Syria
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European countries have been broadly supportive so far as President Trump ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airfield from which a deadly chemical weapons attack was launched
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SYRIA OPPOSES: President Bashar al-Assad's office denounced the U.S. strike as 'reckless, irresponsible behavior.'
The threat that our country and our people face if there is a growth of use or spread of chemical weapons … is a clear danger
Mr Spicer added that the United States will not “become the world policeman” but will make sure the nation’s economic and security interests are still protected.
He continued: “The President’s made very clear throughout his time in the campaign, through the transition and now as President that he’s not gonna telegraph a response to every corresponding action because that just tells the opposition or the enemy what you’re gonna do and whether or not that response is worth taking.
“The President’s gonna be very clear that he’s gonna keep his cards close to the vest. But make no mistake: He will act.”
Trump’s military strikes were applauded by both Democrats and Republicans, although the opposition party has insisted that the US President’s next steps should go through Congress.
Scenes of the destruction left by the US airstrike
Prime Minster, Theresa May, has also said she will refuse to back further US missile strikes in Syria.
During the White House press briefing, Spicer refused to say whether Assad had committed any war crimes.
He said: “There’s a court that decides those things.”
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But he signalled that the US will respond again if the Syrian regime continues to use chemical weapons.
He added: “If you gas a baby, if you put a barrel bomb in to innocent people, I think you will see a response from this President. That is unacceptable.”
The US President’s son, Eric Trump, has revealed he is “sure” his sister Ivanka used her influence in the White House to encourage her dad’s response to the chemical weapons attack in Syria.