President Donald Trump orders airstrikes on Syria
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News April 7, 2017 Updated: 4:29 AM
The United States launched a large scale missile strike on a Syrian Airbase, in response to “Assad’s use of chemical weapons.” Syrian Military reports four soldiers’ dead, as a result of the strike.
A few days prior to the chemical attack, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, “The future of Assad would be decided by the Syrian people.” The U.S, was backing off Assad, and with the help of their ally Russia, he was winning the war against the rebels. Three days later, chemicals were released that burned and suffocated close to two-hundred Syrian men, women, and children.
President Trump’s National Security Adviser Gen. McMaster and Defense Secretary Gen. Mattis presented the President
with military options that could be used in response to “the chemical attack on citizens in the Idlib Province, by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.” The Syrian Foreign ministry said, “We have never used chemicals.” Their closest ally Russia said, “There is no proof chemical weapons were used, and we call for an investigation.”
Gen. McMaster and Gen. Mattis met with the President to present a viable option that would be “proportional” to “Assad’s action.” After the meeting, the strike was approved by President Trump.
President Trump gave his approval for the U.S. Military to launch Tomahawk missiles in Syria. Two U.S. Warships positioned in the Mediterranean Sea launched 59 missiles near Homs, Syria, that did serious damage by taking out 15 Syrian aircraft, damaging Syria’s airfield, radar, infrastructure, and an area where suspected chemicals were stored.
The Syrian Governor of Homs Province said, “The rebels are the only ones using chemical weapons and they store them in residential homes.” He went on to say, “We sent several letters to the U.N. Security Council informing them chemical weapons were being transported into Syria by the rebels.”
Members of the Republican Party, who were against President Obama intervening in Syria, praised Trump’s decision to launch the attack. One even saw it as a way for Trump to gain more support and put a win on the board, after 75 days in office with no accomplishments. “No one goes against a wartime President.”
President Trump has had a busy schedule this week meeting with Jordan’s King Abdul, wounded warriors, and a two-day summit with China’s President Xi.
Some Americans criticizing Trump’s actions remarked: “The Syrian strike is helping ISIS, he should have waited for a complete investigation, and he did not go to congress for approval, especially since, America was not under attack.” There were others who complained, “Trump was against former President Obama striking Syria,” and warned, “The President must get congressional approval before attacking Syria.”
Suspicious political watchers believe, “Trump may have ordered the strike to take the heat off of him and his transition team who are under investigation for collusion with Russia, which would be considered treason.” They also said, “Trump used the situation to portray himself as a tough guy in front of visiting President Xi Jinping of China and Iran.”
It is not yet clear how many U.S.; allies were informed before the strike. France’s Foreign Minister Ayrault said, “I was informed by, Tillerson before the strike.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, “There was no notification or agreement with Russia before the strike.” But Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said, “Russia was notified that the strikes would occur.”