Trump orders retaliatory strike on Syria after chemical weapon attack

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President Donald Trump, in a surprising reversal, told a gathering of farm state lawmakers and governors Thursday morning that he was directing his advisers to look into rejoining the multicountry trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a deal he pulled out of within days of assuming the presidency.

Reaction split mostly along party lines to President Donald Trump's announcement that the USA had launched a "precision strike" on Syria Friday night in response to an alleged reported chemical weapons attack last weekend.

We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world. "The Assad regime must not be allowed to commit such crimes with impunity", Mr Turnbull said in a statement on Saturday.

"The Assad regime's use of chemical weapons that led to the murder of dozens of Syrians - many of them children - is barbaric and a clear violation of global law", said Heller.

These new sanctions "will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] and chemical weapons use", she said. Officials said the plan to hit three targets in Syria was aimed at avoiding "collateral damage", including Russian assets.

Syrian media reported that air defenses hit 13 rockets south of Damascus. Hopefully, someday we'll get along with Russian Federation and maybe even Iran. The tweets stopped and White House officials suggested to journalists that Trump might spend Friday night dining at his hotel in Washington.

The U.S. left what was then a 12-nation pact in January 2017 during Trump's first full weekday in the Oval Office. If the US does take part, the pact would encompass 40 percent of global production and one-third of world trade.

President Trump ordered airstrikes on Syria as a team of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was about to arrive on Saturday to determine whether a chemical weapons attack had even occurred, Joe Lauria reports.

The Syrian government, which denies the chemical attack, said the strikes were brutal, barbaric aggression by western powers and vowed to continue to restore security and stability in all corners of the country.

"Every American, and particularly our men and women in uniform and their families, deserve far better than action without debate, accountability, and a Constitutionally-required authorization for the use of military force", he said in a statement.

China is not likely to be troubled by a US move to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership as long as the Trump administration is doing so for strictly trade reasons, said He Weiwen, a former Commerce Ministry official and trade specialist who is now a senior fellow at the influential Center for China and Globalization in Beijing.

"I want to emphasize that these strikes are directed at the Syrian regime", 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. He was also planning to get the US out of Syria.

On Tuesday, Trump spoke to both French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May. They are in eastern Syria, far from Damascus.

This story is still developing, we will bring you more details as they become available.

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