Celebrities and Politicians React to Trump's Missile Attack on Syria Fri, April 7, 2017
Following news of the attack, celebrities and politicians expressed their thoughts on social media
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President Bashar al-Assad's allies Russia and Iran have denounced the deadly US airstrikes on the airfield in Shayrut, near Homs, overnight.
Donald Trump ordered the bombing in retaliation against a deadly chemical attack carried out by the Assad regime in northern Syria on Tuesday.
Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov slammed the missile strikes as “aggression against a sovereign nation” taken under an “invented pretext”.
Iran “stongly condemns any such unilateral strikes”, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman told the Students News Agency ISNA.
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He said: “Iran condemns the use of chemical weapons, but at the same time believes it is dangerous, destructive and a violation of international laws to use it as an excuse to take unilateral actions.”
But Downing Street has thrown its support behind Mr Trump and said the missile strikes targeted the airfield which was “used to launch the chemical weapons attack”.
A No 10 spokeswoman said: "The UK Government fully supports the US action, which we believe was an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian regime, and is intended to deter further attacks."
Nevertheless Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn warned: “The US missile attack on a Syrian government air bas risks escalating the war in Syria still further.”
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage said: “Many Trump voters will be worried about this military intervention. Where will it end?”
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Much of Europe has expressed support for the attacks, with EU, French and German leaders saying that the response was needed to take a stand against chemical weapons.
European Council President Donald Tusk: said: “US strikes show needed resolve against barbaric chemical attacks. EU will work with the US to end brutality in Syria.”
The joint statement, Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel said that Assad was responsible due to his "repeated use of chemical weapons and his crimes against his own people".
The European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt tweeted: “First time I'm not totally opposed to Trump. Action needed to stop strikes on civilians.”
Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform, said: "European reactions to the American strikes have been positive."
He added: “Russia, Iran and Turkey had been working on a peace process without US involvement. Turkey had dropped its demand that Assad give up power.
“Ankara has now backed the US approach, however, while Iran and Russia have condemned the missile strikes.
"Given that split, it is hard to see their peace efforts getting much further.”
Turkey's presidential spokesman said: "The destruction of Shayrat airbase marks an important step to ensure that chemical and conventional attacks against the civilian population do not go unpunished."
The Saudi Foreign Ministry also voiced its "full support … for the American military operations on military targets in Syria," according to a statement from the Saudi Press Agency.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Mr Trump had "sent a strong and clear message today that the use and spread of chemical weapons will not be tolerated".
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the strikes were "a means to prevent further deterioration of the situation”.
Australia's Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said: “[The] Australian government strongly supports the swift and just response of the United States."
Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said: "Italy understands the reasons for the U.S. military action"
He said the strike was "a commensurate response … and a signal of deterrence against the risks of further use of chemical weapons by Assad."