Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on US strikes in Syria

According to former Central Intelligence Agency deputy director and CBS News senior national security contributor Michael Morell, Mr. Trump is sending a "very strong" message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other foreign leaders watching: "You can't use these weapons".

Russian Federation and Iran, key allies of the Assad regime, condemned the US missile attacks ordered by US President Donald Trump. The Russian military, which is a supporter of the Assad regime, was notified in advance of the strike, US officials said.

The Trump administration sent conflicting messages on what the strikes signaled for the overall US policy in Syria. Now, with Trump hitting back overnight Thursday to punish Syria for the massacre, after years of pleas by Syrians for USA intervention, and banging the drum about regime change, some have started to see him a different light - while still remaining wary.

"The United States took a very measured step last night", Nikki Haley said in concluding her remarks at a Security Council meeting Friday. He gave the green light on the missile strike ahead of dinner with China's President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng).

President Trump's Tomahawk strikes on a Syrian airbase Thursday evening has - predictably - incensed Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's indispensable ally in the Syrian civil war.

May 19: A day after ordering the first direct sanctions against Assad himself, USA president Barack Obama calls on the Syrian leader to lead a political transition or step aside. The missiles destroyed aircraft, hardened hangars, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems and radar at the base.

Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the USA missile strikes 'aggression against a sovereign state in violation of global law'.

But there was widespread praise from other nations, including Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which support the Syrian opposition. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell called Trump's decision "entirely correct". I think that's very important.

Democrats were muted in their response. Sen.

For the moment, Mr Trump is loved by Syria's rebels and their friends across the Middle East.

"The airbase targeted by the USA strike was used to kill Syrians", Ramadan said. Syrian forces own Russian-made aircraft and drones, making it hard to determine who controlled the craft. Advisers said he was moved to act in part by the gripping images of young children killed in the attack. Others said the US attack was no surprise and vowed to stand up to Washington.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters that "no contacts were made with Moscow with President Putin" before the strike, but McMaster confirmed that Russian military officials were notified through "military de-confliction agreements in place with the Russian military". The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said over a dozen hangars and a fuel depot were also damaged.

He added: "Israel fully supports President Trump's decision and hopes that this message of resolve in the face of the Assad regime's horrific actions will resonate not only in Damascus, but in Tehran, Pyongyang and elsewhere".

The start of World War Three is predicted nearly as often as the end of the world; although with today's nuclear capabilities and global tensions, many are worrying about the future.

Some residents of Idlib province, where the chemical attack took place killing scores of people, said they hoped the US strike would weaken Assad's government. This, on the heels of the original attack by the Syrian government against its own people which claimed the lives of 72, including 20 children. But there could be other problems.

A USA official said all but one of the missiles struck their intended targets. The goal was to avoid any accident involving Russian forces. But I think it's not clear if this was a short-term, one-off strike by the USA president, and what really concerns me is that it is outside of worldwide law, it has gone around the UN Security Council.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement that Putin believes President Trump ordered the strikes under a "far-fetched pretext", and Russia's military announced it would reduce cooperation with the USA and bolster Assad's air defenses in response.

Nasr al-Hariri, chief negotiator of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), said on Twitter that the strikes "should they continue, would kick off a correct start in combating terrorism".

Trump ordered the air strike in response to this week's chemical weapons attack the Syrian government carried out against a Syrian village, killing more than 80 civilians. Obama had declared the use of such weapons a "red line".

The missiles were launched from the destroyers USS Porter and USS Ross in the eastern Mediterranean.

He opted instead for the Russian-backed plan that was supposed to remove and eliminate Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles.

Trump rose to power on a promise that he'd put "America first".

The show of force in Syria raises legal questions. Some lawmakers have demanded that Trump consult Congress in the event of an escalation, a recognition that he may have opened the door to unwanted conflict.

But he always concluded that any USA military intervention in the civil war would only escalate the violence.

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