U.S. President airstrikes in Syria in response to Tuesday’s chemical weapons attack will continue to have political repercussions. Here’s the latest on that situation:
- On Saturday, new airstrikes hit the same Syrian town that were targeted in the chemical weapons attack earlier in the week.
- Donald Trump sent a letter to Congress, which was delivered on Saturday, justifying the strikes.
- “I acted in the vital national security & foreign policy interests of the United States of America, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive. The U.S. will take additional action, as necessary & appropriate, to further its important national interests.”
- Reuters said North Korea called the airstrikes an “unforgivable act of aggression.”
- Boris Johnston, the UK’s foreign secretary, canceled his Saturday trip to Moscow just hours before he was supposed to fly there. Boris Johnson said in a statement, “Developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally… We deplore Russia’s continued defense of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regime.”
- The Pentagon released satellite images of the damage from the airstrikes at the Shayrat base, including damaged and destroyed aircraft shelters.
- Ivanka tweeted in support of the decision: “The times we are living in call for difficult decisions – Proud of my father for refusing to accept these horrendous crimes against humanity”
- Tillerson was already scheduled to travel to Moscow next week before the strikes happened, and a senior aide confirmed to ABC News that he will still make the trip and he will discuss Syrian President Bashar al-Assad while there.
- On Thursday night, the world Coalition to Counter ISIS carried out 14 missile strikes against the Islamic State near Raqqa in Syria just 14 hours after Donald Trump’s airstrikes. That strike reportedly killed 15 civilians, including 4 children.