President Donald Trump, in a surprising reversal, told a gathering of farm state lawmakers and governors Thursday morning that he was directing his advisers to look into rejoining the multicountry trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a deal he pulled out of within days of assuming the presidency.
"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", the USA president said in a televised address.
Officials said Trump was also frustrated that economic, diplomatic and political efforts aimed at convincing Assad that using chemical weapons was not in his interest had failed. "They will lose years of research and development data, specialized equipment and expensive chemical weapons precursors", he said.
But Trump is struggling to get support from other countries for his recent threat to impose import tariffs on China and the US farm lobby is arguing that retaliation by China would hit American agricultural exports.
"The use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere, under any circumstances is illegal and utterly reprehensible". He described the main aim as establishing "a strong deterrent" against chemical weapons use.
Moments after the US, UK and France announced they were striking Syria at around 2am UK time, several consecutive large explosions were reported around Damascus. 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.
The speaker said Trump could use existing authorization, which was approved after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. "I don't think we can get back into the TPP soon enough", Johnson said when talking to reporters about the trip.
He also blamed "Russia's failure" to keep the 2013 promise that Syria would get rid of its chemical weapons, which was negotiated in good faith with the US.
In another tweet today, he commented on Russian Federation and the U.S.'s dark relationship and said he wanted "all nations to work together".
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Trump did not provide details on the joint U.S. -British-French attack, but it was expected to include barrages of cruise missiles launched from outside Syrian airspace.
In a recent interview with "Fox News Sunday" moderator Chris Wallace, radio commentator Rush Limbaugh speculated that the "primary objective" of Special Counsel Robert Mueller is to protect "Hillary (Clinton) and (former president) Obama" from prosecution for their knowledge and involvement in the alleged campaign to sabotage Trump.
"Every American, and particularly our men and women in uniform and their families, deserve far better than action without debate, accountability, and a Constitutionally-required authorization for the use of military force", he said in a statement.
She said: This is the first time as Prime Minister that I have had to take the decision to commit our armed forces in combat - and it is not a decision I have taken lightly.
The strikes were carried out together with Britain and France, he said. Last April, he ordered the strike of almost 60 Tomahawk missiles that destroyed a Syrian air base.
Sen. Angus King, i-Maine, said in a statement Friday night that the world can't tolerate the use of chemical weapons.
"Syria's responsible. We are all in agreement", State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said earlier Friday.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday called on "all civilised nations to urgently unite" and work to end the Syrian civil war through the stalled United Nations peace process.