The US military struck Syria on Friday night in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack over the weekend on a Damascus suburb. In an address to the nation, President Trump said the US “launched precision strikes” on targets associated with the Syrian chemical weapons program.
“We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents,” Trump said.
The strikes came after days of deliberations with his military leaders and national security advisers that pitted the Pentagon’s concerns about an escalating conflict and Trump and his new national security adviser John Bolton’s desire for a broader, more muscular response. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis even signaled what he was advising the president while testifying on Capitol Hill on Thursday, telling lawmakers his biggest concern was “how do we keep this from escalating out of control, if you get my drift on that.”