Apr 15, 2018, 12:58 PM ET

Trump sent 'strong message' to Iran, Russia and Syria with missile strikes: White House spokesperson

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The missile strikes launched in response to Syria's alleged chemical weapons attack on its own citizens "sent a strong message to Syria, Russia, to Iran," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

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The airstrikes conducted by the U.S., Britain and France succeeded, Sanders told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday. "They 100 percent met their objectives."

Sanders continued, “They went out to destroy critical chemical weapons infrastructure in Syria and they did exactly that. And they also sent a strong message to Syria, to Russia, to Iran that when this president has a red line, he will enforce it,” she said referring to the administration's "red line" against use of chemical weapons.

PHOTO: White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders conducts news briefing at The White House in Washington, D.C., April 11, 2018.Polaris
White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders conducts news briefing at The White House in Washington, D.C., April 11, 2018.

Asked by Stephanopoulos if President Donald Trump plans to act on his earlier announcement to end the U.S. presence in Syria, Sanders said the United States has three objectives in Syria: Defeating ISIS, containing Iran, and ending the use of chemical weapons.

"We have to stop the spread and the use of mass chemical weapons," she said.

Trump in announcing the airstrikes on Friday night said Iran and Russia, backers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, are “the two governments most responsible for supporting, equipping, and financing the criminal Assad regime."

"What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women, and children?” the president said.

PHOTO: Syrian soldiers inspect the wreckage of a building described as part of the Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) compound in Barzeh, north of Damascus, Syria, April 14, 2018.Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images
Syrian soldiers inspect the wreckage of a building described as part of the Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) compound in Barzeh, north of Damascus, Syria, April 14, 2018.

Russia and Syria have both denied any use of chemical weapons by the Assad government in the country's civil war.

But a report released by the White House on Saturday, hours after the missile attack on Syria, said, “The United States assesses with confidence that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons in the eastern Damascus suburb of [Douma] on April 7, 2018, killing dozens of men, women, and children, and severely injuring hundreds more.”

Trump tweeted Saturday night that the strike was “perfectly executed,” proclaiming, “Mission Accomplished!”

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said in a Pentagon briefing with Defense Secretary James Mattis that the strike hit and “destroyed” three targets that “were specifically associated with the Syrian regime's chemical weapons program.” The three targets were a scientific research center near the capital, a chemical weapons storage facility and a chemical weapons equipment-storage facility.

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  • Dessert Eagle

    So the picture in the article of two soldiers with no breathing equipment or protective clothing at the blast site tells me we might not have hit anything more than an educational facility. It was all for show.

  • youngzeby

    --Deleted by self.

  • Ctrygrl

    The president was goaded by Syria and Russia and behaved precisely as planned, this all has a very contrived feel to it.

  • 40acre

    ----- "sent a strong message to Syria, Russia, to Iran," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.-----

    Indeed....The message was, "If you use chemical weapons we will demolish your empty buildings for you"

  • Andrew

    Someone is lying. So far the biggest proven liar on the planet is Donald Trump. Guess we shall see who is the biggest liar yet.

  • Dark Mather

    The chemichal attack by Assad forces was fabricated to justify the agression on Siria. Where are the proofs? Trump doesnt have the credibility to convence anyone in the country of that bombing. They must stop this unfair bombing on siria.

  • Summer Tyme

    Trump’s action have no purpose or effect other than propaganda. Assad is laughing.

  • Laney D.

    Trump doesn't do things because he's tough. He's a coward and makes decisions based on his mood of the moment. His tweets today are laughable and seem like an 8 year old wrote them. I can't wait until he's gone gone gone. I want to see his name in the press and on the news where he's referred to as ex. President Trump. Or disgraced jailbird Trump.

  • reality25

    Reuters -"French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said he had convinced U.S. President Donald Trump to keep troops in Syria for the long term and limit joint strikes to chemical weapons facilities."
    ***********
    Well, apparently since emotions only Drumpf has no clear foreign policy, France is now influencing U.S. military matters? Interesting.

  • john

    well,. . . . how it plays to NK's Kim is the real litmus test

  • ruelph

    Strong message to a point, Assad is still winning in Syria, and has killed a lot more people with conventional weapons than chemical weapons.

  • inonepeice

    Trump 2 weeks ago. “If we got along with Russia, that would be a good thing not a bad thing”, he said during a working lunch with Baltic leaders. “And just about everybody agrees with that, except very stupid people.”

  • Alex Ross

    Trump strong message was: "I'm with Putin.".

  • RZC

    Mission accomplished , strong message OH WOW this POTUS who continually has his head up you know where.
    It sure looks like the residents of Syria think different and please note these are the residents not the government or Russia, Iran saying this
    * Pay particular attention to the last paragraph
    Residents in Damascus were woken up on Saturday just before 4 a.m. when a set of airstrikes launched by the United States, France, and United Kingdom began to hit their targets in Syria. But when the strikes had ended, less than an hour later, many Syrians in and outside of the country reacted with resigned despair over the use of their country as a bargaining chip in political gamesmanship.
    “I saw with my own eyes the people’s reactions — everyone rushed to the rooftops or watched from the windows of their houses,” Rami al-Sayyed, a freelance photographer in Damascus’s al-Yarmouk camp for displaced people, told BuzzFeed News. “We expected military action to be much stronger, but it was much less than expected. This is why many people feel sad — when they felt great joy at the start of the strike.”
    The airstrikes came after an alleged chemical weapons attack on April 7 in Douma, a suburb of Damascus, that killed at least 40 civilians. The Trump administration spent the next week debating the United States’s response. President Donald Trump tweeted several times about the situation in that time, warning Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russia that military action would soon be coming. As a result, Syrians on the ground were braced when the US and its allies began its bombardment of military sites connected to the country’s remaining chemical weapons program on Saturday morning.
    'But many Syrians who spoke to BuzzFeed News said they felt the strikes had targeted only empty facilities, already cleared out by the regime, and therefore were ultimately worthless. They also all pointed out that chemical attacks were hardly the only weapon used by Syrian, Russian, or pro-government forces against civilians in rebel-held areas.'

  • SMRT

    Donald has the right instinct this time, in wanting to stop someone like Assad from murdering innocent people, including children.

    Despite his being a loathsome human, I’ll legitimately give Donald credit for that demonstration of bare minimum humanity. While it’s a low bar, it’s a positive.

    Now, the question is... what’s the LONG term plan and how will that be hamstrung by his seeming unwillingness to criticize Russia, who, while being a second-rate wannabe superpower, is nevertheless, undeniably complicit in the war crimes committed in Syria?

  • Francois

    Hmmm, in his first 1 1/2 years, Trump has taken on

    1. Tax Reform.
    2. Immigration.
    3. The Middle East and Russia.

    Night and day between him and Professor Obama who did nothing but lecture for 8 years.

  • Pat Dunne

    It is truely disturbing to see false flag attacks being perpetrated and reprisals occurring with no investigations.
    The facts are unknown and this smells like theatrics from the True culprits in Syria the UK and USA.

  • MAGreenA

    As long as you are in the camp that escalation of violence and hatred will somehow deter more violence and hatred, we are assured that the leaders of the world will create nuclear armagedon eventually. Like a poker game they will keep upping the ante. Too bad they can't put as much energy and thoughtful action in creating peace as they do in creating destruction.

  • Fermer Votre Bouche

    Strong Message from Trump:
    You do not have to worry about attacks from the US. Donald will always warn Putin well before they happen.

  • Ron Hedman

    Mission Accomplished! Seems to me the last time we bombed sites in Syria, that same mission was accomplished. Take the eyes of America off of the big mess Trump has created for himself here at home.

  • NuuJuce

    Sad we have a draft dodger weasel in charge.

  • ogrot

    That message was, "Don't kill civilians with chemical weapons--use explosives and gunfire instead."

    Would be nice if the Trump administration would prove me wrong. But I'm betting a tense war of words. Followed by nothing. And then Syria gets overshadowed by some other Trump drama. And Assad goes back to violating Geneva norms.

  • Jack25

    Reporters going into Damascus now are reporting largest air strike might not have been a chemical weapons factory. Mission Accomplished!

  • bibleexpert

    In a report released by the White House on Saturday, hours after the missile attack on Syria, the administration stated, “The United States assesses with confidence that the Syrian regime used chemical weapon...

    Not only is an attack that amounts to a declaration of war illegal without the consent of Congress, but it also seems that evidence to justify the attack no longer needs to be provided to the planetary community. It is now sufficient to simply state that you're confident that your allegation is correct, or even worse, to take action based on an unsubstantiated allegation by the leader of a foreign country.

  • Karolyn Lapka

    HEY WHERE is Kushner????? I thought he was in charge of Middle East Peace??? Doesn't it seem ODD we haven't seen or heard anything about him in quite a while??? Is there trouble in paradise????????

  • Your Worst Nightmare

    So far, I see nothing that qualifies as proof of any of Trump's and Sanders' claims of damage or even that Syria was behind the chemical attack. The Syrians have known for almost THREE YEARS that we suspected that facility was used to produce chemical weapons. Anything movable was long gone before our strike.

    So we have to demand more than just self-congratulatory statements of accomplishments from the WH. Especially a WH with over 3,000 documented lies.

  • Your Worst Nightmare

    "Sanders said the U.S. has three objectives in Syria: Defeating ISIS, containing Iran, and ending the use of chemical weapons"

    I couldn't agree more with her statement. But I have to ask one question: "Why did our deluded president announce to the world that we would be leaving Syria very soon if these are our objectives? One more example of Trump not understanding the role the US plays in the world and making hasty announcements about subjects he knows nothing about.

    In other words, business as usual for Trump. Oblivious to almost everything that doesn't relate to his narcissistic image of himself.

  • sakibaba

    Classic 'wag the dog'......

  • Mitzy1991

    Trump is so hated and so weak nothing he does will ever be classified as effective.

  • Red Hawk

    The airstrikes conducted by the U.S., Britain and France succeeded, Sanders told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday. "They 100 percent met their objectives== What proof did she offer to CONFIRM Assad's chemical weapons program was damaged?

  • reality25

    This is theater and deflection. So say next time, it's battling rebel groups using chemicals (again), what will be the consequences?

  • owthathurts

    There have been thirty-four confirmed chemical attacks in Syria. The only difference now is that Trump needs a distraction more than ever. Trump has only three policy goals: self-preservation, self-aggrandizement and self-enrichment.

  • Concerned

    It is very complicated. There are no easy solutions. It is hard to determine who is the enemy.

  • TexasVulcan

    Thanks to the USA, France and the UK, this was "successful". The question of whether or not Syria and Russia will be deterred from future use of chemical weapons is still up in the air.

    It's one thing to say we obliterated the buildings we aimed at. But was that the real objective? Hardly.