ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – President Donald Trump on Saturday described the US-led airstrikes on Syria the previous night as “a perfectly executed strike” amid an angry response from Russia who supports the Syrian regime.
Trump made the comments on Twitter, expressing his gratitude “to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine military,” adding the joint action “could not have had a better result. Mission accomplished!”
A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2018
In a follow-up tweet, the US President said he was “proud of our great military which will soon be, after the spending of billions of fully approved dollars, the finest that our country has ever had. There won’t be anything, or anyone, even close!”
So proud of our great Military which will soon be, after the spending of billions of fully approved dollars, the finest that our Country has ever had. There won’t be anything, or anyone, even close!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2018
On Friday night, Trump addressed the nation and announced that America had joined allies France and the UK in launching “precision strikes” against the Syrian regime after last week’s alleged chemical attack on eastern Ghouta that killed dozens of people.
He noted the military action was directed at “targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.”
The US President’s highly-anticipated announcement came at the end of a tense week as Washington, and its allies have been in contact, deciding on joint action against Assad.
A statement by the Russian Ambassador to the US claimed Moscow was “being threatened,” and had previously “warned that such [military] actions [would] not be left without consequences.”
“The current escalation of the situation around Syria has a devastating impact on the whole system of international relations,” President Vladimir Putin said in a separate statement on Saturday.
Russia also called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council which will be held at 6:00 p.m. Erbil time.