As pictures emerge from last night’s events, as the US launched an airstrike against Assad’s Syrian military base in retaliation for Assad’s recent war crime where dozens of woman and children were killed in a chemical attack.
Trump brought in all advisors and stops and created a makeshift situation room at his Mar-a-Lago resort, where the president is staying once again this weekend. Proving that vacation doesn’t have to stop duty, president Trump just made history as the most decisive president ever.
The US dropped 59 Tomahawk missiles onto al-Shayrat military airfield near Homs at night. Syria did know of the attack and was able to move their planes out of the way. Officials also said they did contact Russian military to make sure no Russians were at the base when the attack was conducted, although President Putin was not reached out to.
The Daily Mail has more:
Secure VTC refers to an encryption service that allows the president to securely engage in classified communications on video – VTC stands for video tele-conferencing. The photo was edited, the White House says, to mask sensitive documents.
The image is unprecedented in showing the video conference technology used inside a SCIF, a secure compartmentalized information facility. Until now images have only existed of phones being used inside the secure facilities. The devices around the outside of the table appear to be speaker phones. Those in the center are likely to be used to encrypt the voice communications.
The US President on Thursday night fired 59 missiles at al-Shayrat military airfield near Homs in retaliation for the Syrian leader’s horrific chemical weapons attack on Idlib.
They were launched from his state of the art destroyers USS Ross and USS Porter which can fire dozens of Tomahawks with pinpoint accuracy from up to 1,500 miles away from their targets.
The destroyers’ locations are always kept secret but they are believed to have been off the coast of Turkey or Cyprus, around 150 to 200 miles away from al-Shayrat – and fired 30 minutes after they warned the Russians to leave the base and surrounding area.
The laser-guided Tomahawk is the US military’s most advanced missile carrying a 1,000lb bomb powerful enough to destroy most targets with enough accuracy to avoid hitting any Russians and sparking war between the two superpowers.
In response Moscow has already pledged to strengthen Assad’s air defenses, will stop sharing intelligence with Washington and has diverted its main Black Sea fleet warship The Admiral Grigorovich to the Syrian port of Tartus. It is currently in the Bosphorus and will enter the Mediterranean later today.
Although the timing of Trump’s briefing is unclear, he addressed the United States – and the world – from Mar-a-Lago an hour after the missiles were launched.
He said Assad ‘choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children’ and that ‘even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered’.
‘Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children,’ he said.
‘It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack.
‘No child of God should ever suffer such horror.’
He added: ‘Tonight I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria, and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types.’