Trump tweeted Sunday that the strike was "perfectly carried out" and that "the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term "Mission Accomplished." He added that he knew the media would "seize" on the phrase, but said it should be used often. The Pentagon said it gave no explicit warning.
The president responded to the outrage early on Sunday morning.
In a Twitter post on Sunday, Trump also commented on USA media reports that it is still premature to declare "Mission Accomplished" as he did in a post the previous day.
While the chemical weapons attack has put Syria fully on Trump's radar, experts say it's unlikely to persuade him to stay the course in Syria beyond defeating Islamic State.
A former officer in Syria's chemical program, Adulsalam Abdulrazek, mentioned Saturday the joint U.S., British, and French strikes hit "components of however not the center" of this system.
However, Syria claimed that 110 missiles were launched in the strikes, and the country's defense systems intercepted a lot of them. A senior official in a regional alliance that backs Damascus told Reuters the sites that were targeted had been evacuated days ago after a warning from Russian Federation.
"None of these military actions are large enough to deter chemical-weapons use when Assad thinks it's strongly in his advantage". The U.N. Security Council rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the three Western allies. "This time our allies and we have struck harder". In a USA military action a year ago in response to a sarin gas attack, the Pentagon said missiles took out almost 20 per cent of the Syrian air force.
The U.S. -led operation gained broad Western assist. The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity.
"There's nonetheless a residual ingredient of the Syrian program that's on the market", McKenzie mentioned, including, "I am not going to say they will be unable to proceed to conduct a chemical assault sooner or later".
The U.S Defense Department also said in a press briefing that Friday's operations were successful, confirming that they launched 105 missiles at three facilities in Syria. That did not mean military strikes would continue.
Although officials said the singular target was Assad's chemical weapons capability, his air force, including helicopters he allegedly has used to drop chemical weapons on civilians, were spared. What occurs subsequent, she mentioned, is as much as Assad and to his Russian and Iranian allies.
Requested about Trump's "Mission Completed" assertion, White mentioned it pointed to the profitable focusing on of three Syrian chemical weapons websites.