A recent Wall Street Journal report had detailed how Trump, who just days ago had expressed his desire to pull all US troops out of Syria, was now eager to punish Russian Federation and Iran in the aftermath of a chemical-weapons attack perpetrated by Bashar al-Assad.
U.S., British, and French forces unleashed more than 100 missiles on Syria - targeting and destroying a scientific research center and two suspected chemical weapons storage facilities.
As images of sick or dying children flooded global media all week, the USA guided-missile destroyer USS Winston Churchill was en route to the Mediterranean to join a flotilla of allied warships, including another US destroyer, the USS Donald Cook.
McKenzie said 105 US and allied missiles were fired, of which 66 were Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from aboard three US Navy ships and one Navy submarine.
The strikes as conducted last night instill no fear nor uncertainty on the part of the Syrian regime.
Members of the Oklahoma delegation are speaking out on President Trump's decision to take action against Syria. "The goal is to deter and to alter the balance of power in Syria", Iso said.
The attack "was a victory for Syria", former lawmaker Sharif Shehadeh said by phone from Damascus.
He said the strikes were unlikely to curb the government's ability to produce or launch new attacks. "Trump did it to save face".
Russia, Iran and Assad's regime all denounced the strikes as criminal, which is rich coming from an alliance that has regularly targeted hospitals and schools while engaging in mass torture and rape. Iran's Supreme Leader called the attack a crime and the country's Revolutionary Guard Corps said it gave "the resistance a more open hand", although it did not threaten to retaliate.
"We were hoping that these strikes would target Syrian regime's active military positions".
"There is still a residual element of the Syrian program that is out there", Lt Gen McKenzie said, adding, "I'm not going to say they're going to be unable to continue to conduct a chemical attack in the future".
"It's always tough for any Syrian actually to cheer or to celebrate strikes", Mohamad Al Bardan said.
The vote reflected the deep divisions in the UN's most powerful body, which has been paralyzed in dealing with the seven-year Syrian conflict and chemical weapons use in the country. American officials claimed later that the Syrians started firing back with surface-to-air missiles only after the targets were hit. "Our warnings have been left unheard", Anatoly Antonov, Russia's ambassador to the US, wrote on Facebook.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Berlin wanted to be consulted before any Western military action.
Syria says it had given up its chemical weapons in 2013.
The US Department of Defense early Saturday released a map that it says shows their three Syrian airstrike targets. Inherent in effective deterrence is instilling fear and uncertainty in the mind of the adversary - fear that they would suffer unacceptable consequences for taking an action, and uncertainty about the exact parameters of the next retaliatory attack.
French authorities said the allies don't seek any military escalation, nor confrontation with Russian Federation.
Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia denounced the West's actions as "hooliganism" and demanded an end to the military attacks and any future aggressions: "You are not only placing yourselves above worldwide law, but you are trying to re-write global law", Nebenzia said.
"We would have preferred an alternative path, but in this case there was none", May said. Haley, the United Nations ambassador, said this week that Assad has used chemical weapons dozens of times since war broke out in 2011. But as CNN has reported, "when Obama considered launching airstrikes in Syria against 2013, he chose to go to Congress before striking, and the resistance he faced there convinced the president not to hit Assad".
May will address Parliament - where she doesn't have a majority - next week.
But Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has questioned its legality, saying weapons inspectors should have completed their investigations first. The strikes were quite likely unconstitutional, as a smattering of Democrats and Republicans protested, justified based on an authorization of force from 2001 that pretty clearly doesn't encompass the Syrian civil war.