Trump Urges 'All Civilized Nations' to End Syria Bloodshed after Ordering Missile Strike
U.S. President Donald Trump called Friday for "all civilized nations" to work to end the bloodshed in Syria, after launching a massive strike against the regime in retaliation for a chemical attack.
"On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians using a deadly nerve agent," Trump said in a televised address from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
"Tonight I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end this slaughter and bloodshed in Syria and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types," he said.
"We hope that as long as America stands for justice, then peace and harmony will in the end prevail."
A White House official said 59 precision-guided missiles hit Shayrat Airfield in Syria, where the United States believes Tuesday's deadly attack was launched. The official had earlier given the number of missiles involved as 70.
The missiles were blasted from the USS Porter and the USS Ross, which belong to the U.S. Navy's Sixth Fleet and are located in the eastern Mediterranean. A U.S. official said the missiles targeted aircraft and runways at the base.
The U.N. Security Council failed Thursday to reach agreement on demands for a thorough investigation of the strike in northwestern Syria's Khan Sheikhun, in which at least 86 people, including 27 children, died.