Apparently President Donald Trump launching 59 tomahawk missiles in an effort to cripple Bashar al-Assad airfield was only the first action against Syria. Trump and the US could either choose to sit back and let that be a warning to Assad or take further action against him. Trump has chosen the latter.
In a letter addressed to Paul Ryan and to Congress, Trump indicates he has made the decision to take further action against Syria as he deems it in the best interest of the country.
In the letter, the president also explained to Congress why he attacked without their approval. “United States intelligence indicates that Syrian military forces operating from this airfield were responsible for the chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians in southern Idlib Province, Syria, that occurred on April 4,”
“I directed this action in order to degrade the Syrian military’s ability to conduct further chemical weapons attacks and to dissuade the Syrian regime from using or proliferating chemical weapons, thereby promoting the stability of the region and averting a worsening of the region’s current humanitarian catastrophe.”
Trump is following the protocol which falls under the War Powers Resolution, which requires the president to explain why he used military action within 48 hours of an attack.
The statements made in his letter are similar to the comments he made in a recorded address hours after the attack as he explained the strike was a “vital national security interest.”
Trump was applauded by his swift response by the world leaders. Many of them cited it was a “necessary response” after Assad used chemical weaponry.
U.S. lawmakers also support the attack but did state that next time he needs to get congressional approval before striking foreign soil.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley echoed Trump’s response after Russia tried to argue against the president’s actions. “The United States took a very measured step last night,” Haley said. “We are prepared to do more, but we hope that will not be necessary.”
It’s currently unclear what those further actions may be, but it is clear that Trump has no issue putting troops on the ground and taking the fight to Assad. If so, this will inevitably anger Russia, putting the US at odds with both countries.