Sean Spicer said missile strikes on a Syrian airbase were “proportional” and “justified” despite it inflaming tensions with the regime’s ally Vladimir Putin.
Speaking to Fox News, he backed the military action on the Sharat airbase in Homs after a chemical attack in Idlib – which the Syrian government denies being responsible for – killed 80 people.
Mr Spicer said: “The President took very decisive and proportional justified action against Syria a couple weeks ago.”
He said Donald Trump had “made it clear at the time” that “gassing babies and children was just horrific”.
Sean Spicer hailed the US strikes on Syria
The rest of the civilised world stands strong with the United States in condemning these acts. I think the United States will continue to exhibit leadership
Fox News claimed the Syrian leader was “saying they were child actors – at just one year old” in the pictures that emerged from the attack.
Mr Spicer continued: “I don’t think that anybody in their right mind believes that. When you look at the countries that are left supporting Syria, it’s Iran, North Korea, it’s a very small group of folks.
“The rest of the civilised world stands strong with the United States in condemning these acts. I think the United States will continue to exhibit leadership.”
Speaking about Russian relations, he remained hopeful the US would still be able to have “mutual cooperation” with Mr Putin over their “shared interest” in fighting ISIS.
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Donald Trump's strike on Syria has stirred tensions with Russia
He said: “We’ve got a shared interest in curbing the threat of ISIS and I think we want to continue to have an open dialogue with them especially when it comes to that area of shared national security.
“So we’re going to continue that dialogue, hopefully, build up some areas of mutual cooperation.”
A spokesman for Mr Putin said the strike had seriously damaged ties between Washington and Moscow as he threatened to increase Russian military force in Syria.
Mr Putin regarded the US action as "aggression against a sovereign nation" on a "made-up pretext", spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
The MP for Aleppo Fares Shehabi later hit out at Mr Trump’s “stupid” missile strikes and vowed his country would now “act accordingly”.
He said: “We will continue our fight against terrorism and we will consider any soldier that steps foot in our country without our permission an invasion and we will act accordingly.”