During a press briefing at the Pentagon on Saturday, U.S. officials gave updates on the missile strike on Syrian facilities in retaliation for recent chemical attacks in the region, saying that the strikes "successfully hit every target" and that the U.S., along with British and French allied forces, "took every measure and caution" to avoid civilian casualties.
French President Emmanuel Macron pictured with US President Donald Trump earlier in 2018.
Despite the attacks, a Senior U.S. official involved with counter-terrorist initiations in Syria said that Russian and pro-regime Syrians were showing no signs of aggression towards American or coalition forces.
All Nato allies have given the action their full support, secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said.
The suburban Damascus area targeted in the suspected chemical attack last Saturday was among a dwindling number of rebel-held areas as Assad expands his control.
"No other group" could have carried out the attack, May said, adding that the allies' use of force was "right and legal".
"Air strikes always boost the president's popularity", said Pape.
President Trump thanked the United Kingdom and France for their "wisdom and power", saying the strike could not have "had a better result". White said she could not go into detail about that evidence. "The United States of America will not allow the Assad regime to continue using chemical weapons".
But she was accused of "riding the coat-tails of an erratic USA president" by the Liberal Democrats, and "taking instructions" from Washington by Labour.
"Well this is very significant", CBS News Radio national security consultant Jeff McCausland said of the worldwide response on CBSN Saturday.
Russian Federation circulated a draft resolution calling for condemnation of the military action. "We acted to deter the future use of chemical weapons by holding the Syrian regime responsible for its atrocities against humanity".
Hezbollah has deployed thousands of fighters to Syria to attack the Syrian opposition to Assad.
"The Security Council has failed in its duty to hold those who use chemical weapons to account", Haley said at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council that was called by Russian Federation over Friday night's strikes.
France's U.N. Ambassador François Delattre called the strikes a "necessary response given the chemical massacres in Syria ... in line with law and [the] political strategy to put an end to civilian tragedy".
"We can not stand by and let Russian Federation trash every global norm that we stand for and allow the use of chemical weapons to go unanswered", she added. "They are laughing at us".
While acknowledging that Assad may retain some chemical weapons capabilities, the Pentagon proclaimed that the action struck at "the heart" of Assad's program.
One of the journalists pointed out that the fact that the U.S. and its allies "lobbed a couple dozen Tomahawk cruise missiles into the country" contradicted Washington's claims that it wants to avoid a military conflict in Syria. "However, responding with violence will not bring peace".
Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the U.N., doubled down on the US strategy in Syria, saying that nothing has changed and that if Assad uses poison gas again, the United States is "locked and loaded". "We confined it to the chemical weapons-type targets".