President Donald Trump defends 'Mission Accomplished' claim

BLOOMBERG•GETTYSyria news US Congressman claims Trump will compromise to find a solution to the Syrian conflict

"Use often!" Trump tweeted. Speaking on French television BFM and online site Mediapart, Macron stressed that the French diplomacy is able to talk with Iran, Russia and Turkey on one side and to the United States on the other side.

Donald Trump has defended tweeting 'Mission Accomplished!' after airstrikes on Syria.

And yet McKenzie did not rule out the possibility of future chemical weapons attacks by the Assad regime.

Assad denies he has used chemical weapons, and the Trump administration has yet to present hard evidence of what it says precipitated the allied missiles attack: a chlorine gas attack on civilians in Douma on April 7.

Western powers have no plans for further missile strikes on Syria but will assess their options if Damascus uses chemical weapons again, Britain's foreign minister said on Sunday as debate raged over the legality and effectiveness of the raids, Reuters reported.

Trump earlier this month had reluctantly agreed to keep USA troops in Syria for an undetermined period of time to defeat ISIS.

"None of these military actions are large enough to deter chemical-weapons use when Assad thinks it's strongly in his advantage".

He said, "Ten days ago, President Trump wanted to withdraw from Syria".

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The Pentagon said Syria fired 40 surface-to-air missiles, but most were launched after the damage was done. The U.S. ambassador in Moscow, John Huntsman, said in a video, "Before we took action, the United States communicated with" Russia to "reduce the danger of any Russian or civilian casualties".

Syria has been locked in a civil war since the Arab Spring of 2011, pitting rebel groups who seek to depose the Assad regime against Russia-backed government forces.

No military response from any actors in Syria - including Iran and Russian Federation - has been seen, the Pentagon said.

Russian Federation called an emergency meeting of the United Nation's Security Council to introduce a resolution condemning the "aggression" of the joint strike from U.S., British and French forces. The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas also was used.

The strikes "successfully hit every target", said Dana W. White, the chief Pentagon spokeswoman. The U.S. anti-chemical weapons policy has been inconsistent and morally incoherent, but Trump's decision to act after the recent alleged attack in Douma shows that the U.S.is aware of the rapidly changing tides in the country, and needs a justification to that its capacity to act militarily has not dwindled. In a US 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.

Trump has made clear he wants to withdraw the roughly 2,000 USA troops in Syria involved in the anti-Islamic State campaign, and his administration has suspended support for Syrian rebels, evidence of his desire to disengage from Syria. And now you know the full story, ' he said.

"Is there ANYONE in the White House with an understanding of history?" he asked. The words, which likely left many people in the USA government, congress, intelligence services and military with their heads in their hands, is ambiguous in every aspect: what was the "mission", and what does it mean for it to be "accomplished"?

Haley appeared on "Fox News Sunday" and CBS' "Face the Nation". Angus King said "it's impossible to say at this point" whether the United States' mission in Syria has been accomplished.

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