"A perfectly executed strike last night", Mr. Trump said. Monterey is deployed to the US 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region. The Syrian leadership denied any involvement in the attack, and invited the experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to investigate into the reports.
One could argue the US, the United Kingdom and France were defending worldwide laws banning chemical weapons when the U.N. failed to act.
President Donald Trump has expressed his intention to pull all USA forces out of Syria in the near future.
"While Russia was busy protecting the regime, Assad took notice", Ms. Haley said.
"Everyone is celebrating and declaring victory which is freaky since so many Syrians have suffered over the years, and the bombings have just taken place", he said.
Negotiations stalled on April 6, the day before the strikes.
Vice President Mike Pence also said Trump carried out the strikes armed with US intelligence that at "a minimum it was the chemical weapon of chlorine", noting investigators still might prove sarin was used.
"Our president was misled by faulty intelligence by our country", said American-born Syrian and Cleveland Businessman Tony George. He also called for attacks on Syria to cease.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged restraint and asked states to avoid any escalation.
Johnson also insisted that the action would not "turn the tide" of the conflict and was not about regime change.
A senior official in a pro-Assad regional alliance told Reuters that "all military bases were evacuated a few days ago" after an early warning from Russian Federation about the strikes.
They quoted the legislators as saying Assad was in a "good mood" and accepted an invitation to visit the Siberian region of Khanty-Mansi.
According to Lt Gen Kenneth McKenzie, who directs the USA military's joint staff, 76 missiles were fired at the research centre in the Syrian capital, comprising 57 Tomahawk cruise missiles and 19 air-to-surface missiles.
According to the Pentagon, 76 missiles hit the target near Damascus, 22 more rockets were fired at a warehouse west of Homs.
All three allies fired 22 weapons at the Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Site just west of Homs, and the US military launched seven missiles at the Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Bunker, McKenzie said. Both facilities are located near Homs, north of Damascus.
Western powers claim their missile attacks struck at the heart of Syria's chemical weapons program but what they destroyed included a scientific research institution producing cancer drugs.