President Donald J. Trump directed the military to conduct operations, in consonance with our allies, to destroy the Syrian regime's chemical weapons research, development, and production capabilities. On April 13, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States took action to strike the Syrian chemical weapons infrastructure.
In an address to the nation, President Trump said, "The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons. Establishing this deterrent is a vital national security interest of the United States. The combined American, British, and French response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power -- military, economic, and diplomatic."
Defense Secretary James Mattis said, "Together, we have sent a clear message to Assad, and his murderous lieutenants, that they should not perpetrate another chemical weapons attack."
Secretary Mattis continued, "The 70 nations in the defeat ISIS coalition remain committed to defeating ISIS in Syria. The strike tonight separately demonstrates international resolve to prevent chemical weapons from being used on anyone, under any circumstance, in contravention of international law."
Secretary Mattis emphasized that these strikes were directed at the Syrian regime, and that it was time for all nations to "unite in ending the Syrian civil war by supporting the United Nations backed Geneva peace process."
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