While the news should be music to the ears of trade organizations such as the Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America and the American Apparel & Footwear Association - which both made an aggressive push for the U.S.to remain in the agreement past year - FDRA president and CEO Matt Priest said he's holding off on a full-on celebration. He says a "combined operation" with France and the United Kingdom is underway.
Loud explosions rocked Syria's capital and filled the sky with heavy smoke early on Saturday after U.S. president Donald Trump announced airstrikes in retaliation for the country's alleged use of chemical weapons.
Trump said Washington is prepared to "sustain" pressure on Assad until he ends what the president called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons. "They will lose years of research and development data, specialized equipment and expensive chemical weapons precursors", he said.
President Trump may, or may not, be having a change of heart about re-entering the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Friday night's attack on Syria was not the first time the USA bombed the country.
"The use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere, under any circumstances is illegal and utterly reprehensible". In 2014 Syria was certified by the OPCW to have given up its entire chemical weapons arsenal in a deal with the United States and Russian Federation.
Dunford said there were no early reports of USA losses, although there were some surface-to-air missiles shot by Syrian defense forces once the missile attack started. He criticized Russian Federation and Iran for backing the Assad regime, saying (quote) "What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men and women and children?"
It said three civilians were wounded in the Homs attacks. "But as we've seen over the last 16 years, we can not bomb our way to peace".
In 2013, President Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons.
"Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace", he said. Trump was further agitated when a Russian official promised that US missiles would be shot down and the base or ships from which they were fired attacked.
"The United States is locked and loaded", she said.
Taro Aso, Japan's finance minister and deputy prime minister said that "if the news is true, we would welcome it".
The strikes were carried out together with Britain and France, he said. Officials who defy federal law on the basis of local and state autonomy seem to be resurrecting the Civil War-era "nullification doctrine" and states rights sovereignty claims that were rendered null and void by the Union victory in 1865. Last April, he ordered the strike of almost 60 Tomahawk missiles that destroyed a Syrian air base. "These are not the actions of a man". While the White House has attempted to play down talk of a trade war, the tit-for-tat tariff escalation between the USA and China has left America's business leaders concerned that they could suffer material harm from the loss of an important trading partner.
"That's not a Syria strategy", said Stephen Biddle, a professor at George Washington University and a frequent adviser to the Pentagon.
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