The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, yesterday ordered military airstrikes on a Syrian government target in reaction to the chemical attack that killed 72 civilians. This a shift from Trump’s campaign promise not to interfere in the Syrian crisis.

On President Donald Trump’s orders, US warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian government airbase where the warplanes that carried out the chemical attacks were based.

“Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the air field in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched,” said Trump during short remarks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago, where he ordered the strike just hours earlier. “It is in the vital national security of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.”

“There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council. Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behaviour have all failed and failed very dramatically,” he added.

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