Many Trump voters welcome United States air strikes as show of strength

The missile strikes hit the government-controlled Shayrat air base in central Syria, where US officials say the Syrian military planes that dropped the chemicals had taken off.

In Syria, at least, the two countries have strenuously avoided direct confrontation, even as their militaries support opposing sides in a six-year civil war. The Kremlin denounced the strikes as illegal.

Things change when you are in the White House. Some countries expressed reservations about the USA decision to launch strikes without authorisation from the U.N. Security Council.Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population, condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria. "No child of God should ever suffer such horror". Trump's actions in Syria could signal to China that the new president isn't afraid of unilateral military steps, even if key nations like China are standing in the way.

She said: "There are times when states are compelled to take their own action". Indeed, some in Russian Federation see a move to counter the impression of Trump in the thrall of Putin. "There has been no change in that status".

Trump ordered the strikes without approval from Congress or the backing of the United Nations.

They're able to agree that it was a "proportional" response to a brutal attack, a limited action with a clear objective. "There are 26 airbases that target civilians", tweeted Mohammad Alloush, a senior rebel official.

Gabbard criticized the USA air strike in a written statement.

"It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons", Trump said from his Mar-a-Lago retreat after the 59 Tomahawk missiles struck a Syrian air base, from which those chemical attacks were launched.

USA officials said the air base targeted on Thursday was the launching point for Tuesday's poison gas attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children. A spokesman for Vladimir Putin went so a far as to say that the missile strikes on the Syrian air base were an "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of worldwide law, and under a false pretext". Homs Governor Talal Barazi told Reuters the death toll was seven. Many believe it was shattered when President Barack Obama did not bomb the Syrian regime in 2013. There was no independent confirmation of civilian casualties.

President Trump did the right thing, the necessary thing, in striking Syria's Shayrat Air Base in response to the Assad regime's gruesome gas attack on civilians.

The images of the sarin victims, many of them children, are disturbing.

USA officials said they had taken pains to ensure Russian troops were not killed, warning Russian forces in advance and avoiding striking parts of the base where Russians were present.

Russian television showed craters and rubble at the airbase and said nine aircraft had been destroyed.

On Friday senior USA officials said Russia has not suspended a military communications channel meant to help United States and Russian forces to avoid inadvertent clashes in Syria.

A Russian frigate carrying cruise missiles sailed through the Bosphorus Strait into the Mediterranean Sea, although there was no indication it was directly in response to USA action.

Now the secretary of state's trip will be focused on containing any more damage in relations, rather than turning a new page. "And I think tonight was a part of that", Rubio said Thursday.

Trump and his top aides had acknowledged in recent days the "reality" of Assad being in power, saying his ouster was no longer a priority.

Syrian officials and their allies also said they did not expect the attack to lead to an expansion of the conflict. "Having said that", he added, the constitutional law on declaring war "has not been followed since World War II".

Washington has long backed rebels fighting against Assad in a multi-sided civil war that has killed more than 400,000 people and driven half of Syrians from their homes since 2011.

Syria and Russian Federation said several people were killed in the cruise missile strikes.

Some of his far-right supporters feel betrayed by a man who promoted himself as a non-interventionist who would not draw the U.S. into foreign conflicts. An end to that dialogue would complicate the worldwide coalition's fight against the Islamic State group and make the frequent airstrikes over IS-held areas riskier.

"We're partway there", said Youmun Alhlou, 23, of San Jose, California, who works as a legal specialist at Google and whose parents immigrated to the United States from Syria.

  • Joanne Flowers