Leaders from around the world are reacting to President Trump’s use of military force against Syria in the wake of a heinous chemical attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
President Obama spoke with tough rhetoric against Assad, issuing a red-line warning. But it was President Trump who followed through on the promise, seemingly to the approval of most American and foreign leaders.
WATCH: Footage of the attack:
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 7, 2017
Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Marco Rubio all supported the move. Some democrats were on board as well:
I support the admin’s strike on the air base that launched the chemical attack. I hope this teaches Assad not to use chemical weapons again.
— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) April 7, 2017
Rubio quoted Proverbs to voice his approval for Trump’s actions, which included firing 59 tomahawk missiles that pummeled the Syrian air base believed to have been used to conduct a horrific chemical gas attack.
"Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished" Proverbs 11:21 #SyriaChemicalAttack
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) April 7, 2017
There were some detractors, however. Senator Rand Paul made an appeal to his isolationist foreign leanings, and said the strikes weren’t justified because America wasn’t attacked.
While we all condemn the atrocities in Syria, the United States was not attacked.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) April 7, 2017
He and others wondered if the move was constitutional.
President waging military action against Syria without a vote of Congress? Unconstitutional.
— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) April 7, 2017
But the support from around the globe has been pretty universal. Here’s how some are responding:
Israel: Benjamin Netanyahu: President Trump “sent a strong and clear message that the use and spread of chemical weapons will not be tolerated.”
Canada: Prime Minister Trudeau said they supported “limited and focused action to degrade the Assad regime’s ability to launch chemical weapons attacks against innocent civilians, including many children.”
Saudi Arabia: Officials praised the response, saying they “fully support” it while taking it a step further and calling Trump “courageous” for making the decision.
Turkey: Praised the air strike, but actually encouraged the international community to do more and completely oust Assad from power.
Germany: Chancellor Merkel blamed Assad for bringing on the air strikes.
France: President Hollande echoed Merkel while adding that the strike was justified because of Assad’s “repeated use of chemical weapons and his crimes against his own people.”
Great Britain: The PM’s office issued a statement, describing the strikes as an “appropriate” response to the “barbaric” chemical attacks from Assad.
Australia: PM Turnbull said Trump’s move was “a calibrated, proportionate and targeted response. It sends a strong message to the Assad regime.
So, who is against the action? You could probably guess.
Iran: An Assad/Syria ally, Iran called the strikes a “unilateral action that is dangerous, destructive and violates the principles of international law.”
Russia: Another Assad ally, responsible for many of the airstrikes that have devastated Aleppo and other Syrian opposition cities. Putin likened the strike “as aggression against a sovereign nation… in violation of international law, and also under an invented pretext.”
And of course, Syria. They echoed Putin, calling the strikes an “aggression” that “leads to losses.”
Overall, Trump’s actions in the face of a blatantly evil action are being lauded by the international community as appropriate and meaningful. The Syrian war has been raging for over six years now, and this is the first meaningful step someone – anyone, really – has taken to put Assad on the defensive.
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