"The Syrian raid was so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term "Mission Accomplished"Trump said on Twitter on Sunday. The Pentagon mentioned it gave no specific warning.
Trump didn't seem to care, or know that the phrase was a political minefield, when he deployed it on Saturday. "I can assure you we took every measure and precaution to strike only what we targeted and -- and we successfully hit every target", White told media. He mentioned Syria's air defenses had been ineffective and that most of the greater than 40 surface-to-air missiles fired by the Syrians had been launched after the allied assault was over. The army mentioned there have been three targets: the Barzah chemical weapons analysis and growth website within the Damascus space, a chemical weapons storage facility close to Homs and a chemical weapons "bunker" a couple of miles from the second goal. The U.N. Security Council rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the three Western allies.
Inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were due to visit Douma later on Saturday to inspect the site of the suspected gas attack on April 7.
Haley said the joint military strike "put a heavy blow into their chemical weapons program, setting them back years" and reiterated that if Assad uses poison gas again, "the United States is locked and loaded".
A chorus of voices across the American political spectrum expressed support for Trump's latest strikes, but criticized the lack of a broader U.S. Syria strategy that could end the seven-year war - with or without Assad. "This time our allies and we have struck harder". In a USA military action a year ago in response to a sarin gas attack, missiles took out almost 20 percent of the Syrian air force, the Pentagon said.
The Twittersphere piled on President Donald Trump after he tweeted Saturday that the US-led strikes on Syria "could not have had a better result". That did not mean military strikes would continue.
"We, of course, know our work in Syria is not done", USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on "Fox News Sunday".
Vice-President Mike Pence, in Peru for a meeting of regional leaders, said "there will be a price to pay" involving military force if Syrian chemical weapons are used again. In fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were planned.
Requested about Trump's "Mission Completed" assertion, White mentioned it pointed to the profitable focusing on of three Syrian chemical weapons websites.
Several U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was not a priority for the administration to push out Assad, who has survived with massive aid from Iran and Russian Federation.
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