President Donald Trump has informed Congress in writing of his decision to order a U.S. missile strike against Syria.
Under the War Powers Resolution, the president must keep Congress informed of such actions.
Trump’s letter to congressional leaders cites the rationale he gave publicly Friday night when he announced that the U.S. and allies Britain and France were firing missiles into Syria in response to an alleged poison gas attack on Syrian rebels near Damascus the previous week. He writes that the targets were Syrian military chemical weapons-related facilities.
Noah Smith, a journalist who writes for the New York Times and the UK’s Guardian, discusses the suspected chemical attack in Douma, Syria and other summit developments.
The president tells lawmakers that he acted to “promote the stability of the region, to deter the use and proliferation of chemical weapons, and to avert a worsening of the region’s current humanitarian catastrophe.”
Britain’s Foreign Secretary is defending the U.S.-led strikes on Syria. On a Sunday TV program, he said Western leaders have no plans for additional attacks, but that could change if there are new chemical attacks. CGTN’s Paul Barber has more from London.
Members of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are in Damascus, days after U.S.-led airstrikes on Syria.
They’ll investigate the suspected chemical attack, cited as justification for those strikes.
CGTN’s Alaa Ebrahim reports:
Story by The Associated Press with additional information from CGTN America.