President Donald Trump delivered the following remarks on Friday night to announce the newest U.S. military action against Syria:
My fellow Americans, recently, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to file for precision strikes on targets for this chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. A combined operation using the defense force of France and the United Kingdom is currently underway. We thank them both.
Tonight, I want to talk to you about why we’ve taken this action.
One year ago, Assad launched a savage chemical weapons attack against his or her own innocent people. The United States responded with 58 missile strikes that destroyed 20 percent in the Syrian Air Force.
Last Saturday, the Assad regime again deployed chemical weapons to slaughter innocent civilians, this time, in the city of Douma, at the Syrian capital of Damascus. This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime.
The evil and also the despicable attack left mum and dad, infants and youngsters, thrashing in pain and gasping for air. These are not the actions of an man; they’re crimes of your monster instead.
Following the horrors of World War, I a century ago, civilized nations joined together to ban chemical warfare. Chemical weapons are uniquely dangerous not simply since they inflict gruesome suffering, but because even control can unleash widespread devastation.
The intent behind our actions tonight is placed a powerful deterrent contrary to the production, spread, and make use of of chemical weapons. Establishing this deterrent is a national security interest from the United States. The combined American, British, and French reaction to these atrocities will integrate all instruments in our national power, military, economic, and diplomatic. We are ready to sustain this response before Syrian regime stops its using prohibited chemical agents.
I also have a message tonight for your two governments most accountable for supporting, equipping, and financing the criminal Assad regime.
To Iran, and Russia, I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be linked to the mass murder of innocent men, women, and kids?
The nations with the world may be judged by the friends they keep. No nation can succeed inside long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants, and murderous dictators.
In 2013, President Putin with his fantastic government promised the entire world that they might be sure that the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons. Assad’s recent attack, and today’s response, are the direct results of Russia’s failure to maintain who advertise.
Russia must decide if it continues down this dark path, or when it will join with civilized nations being a force for stability and peace. Hopefully, someday we’ll get along with Russia, and perhaps even Iran, but maybe not.
I will say this: The United States offers quite a bit to offer, with all the greatest and many powerful economy inside history in the world.
In Syria, the United States, with but a tiny force being utilized to remove what exactly is left of ISIS, does what’s essential to protect the American people. Over the last year, nearly completely of the territory once controlled by the so-called ISIS caliphate in Syria and Iraq has been liberated and eliminated.
The United States has rebuilt our friendships throughout the Middle East. We have asked our partners to look at greater responsibility for securing their residence region, including contributing considerable amounts of cash for that resources, equipment, and all of the anti-ISIS effort. Increased engagement from my friends, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt, and others can be sure that Iran doesn’t profit from the eradication of ISIS.
America won’t seek an indefinite presence in Syria on no account. As other nations intensify their contributions, good quality to the day when we can bring our warriors home. And great warriors these are.
Looking around our very troubled world, Americans don’t have any illusions. We cannot purge the planet of evil, or act everywhere there exists tyranny.
No amount of American blood or treasure can produce lasting peace and security inside Middle East. It’s a troubled place. We will make an effort to ensure it is better, however it is a troubled place. The United States would have been a partner and a friend, though the fate of the region lies inside the hands of the company’s own people.
In the last century, we looked right into the darkest places with the human soul. We saw the anguish that might be unleashed and the evil that can take hold. By the end with the World War I, more than one million people ended up killed or injured by chemical weapons. We never are interested in that ghastly specter return.
So today, the nations of Britain, France, and also the United States of America have marshaled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality.
Tonight, I ask all Americans to state a prayer for your noble warriors and our allies as they accomplish their missions.
We pray that God provides comfort to people suffering in Syria. We pray that God will move the whole region toward an upcoming of dignity as well as peace.
And we pray that God continues to watch over and bless the United States of America.
Thank you, and goodnight. Thank you.