Local politicians react to Trump's announcement of strikes on Syria


Trump had told Republican senators earlier in the day that he had asked United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow to re-open negotiations.

The target in Trump's sights on Monday evening, however, was not President Bashar al-Assad, whose gas attack last Saturday was the ostensible reason for the gathering of this war council.

WASHINGTON-When President Barack Obama considered launching airstrikes against Syria in August 2013 in retaliation for a nerve gas attack that killed hundreds of people, businessman Donald Trump strongly opposed USA intervention. Trump has reportedly been moved by images of the chemical weapons attack on the Syrian city of Douma outside of Damascus all week, calling it "atrocious".

The paranoia over President Trump's tariff threats and the subsequent Chinese response has been well documented.

Another criticism of the attack from lawmakers was the lack of a long-term strategy for the U.S.in Syria.

"The objective of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons", he said.

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"NATO has consistently condemned Syria's continued use of chemical weapons as a clear breach of global norms and agreements".

Damascus skies erupt with surface to air missile fire as the USA launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital. I support the President's carefully considered decision to join together with our allies in the United Kingdom and France and send a message that we will not stand idly by while innocent women and children are gassed to death by a cowardly dictator.

Turkey's foreign ministry said the airstrikes were "an appropriate response to the chemical attack".

Trump's United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, said the president had not yet made a final decision, two days after he tweeted that Russian Federation should "get ready" because a missile attack "will be coming" at Moscow's chief Middle East ally.

In 2013, President Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons.

According to Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford, the US did not notify Russian forces in Syria ahead of the strikes.

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His Australian counterpart, Steve Ciobo, said the U.S.is welcome to rejoin the agreement, but added: "Let's also be clear, I think there's very little appetite among the TPP 11 countries for there to be any meaningful renegotiation or indeed any substantial renegotiation of the TPP 11 at all". Stated he considered Trump backs national prosecution.

While the United States would significantly bolster the pact if it signed up, its entry would require intense negotiations - and current members will expect significant concessions from the American side.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the 11 nations "fought hard to get the final agreement that we have now before us".

The strikes were carried out together with Britain and France, he said. Chinese tariff proposals run the agricultural gamut from hogs to soybeans and more ["Farmers who backed Trump fear becoming pawns in trade war", news, April 9]. A sarin gas attack a year ago killed more than 80 people in the town of Khan Shaykhun, and two days later Trump authorized launch of dozens of cruise missiles on a Syrian air base.

"If it's true, I would welcome it", Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso told reporters after a cabinet meeting on Friday and before Trump's tweet.

"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria".

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