The Trump administration has announced sanctions against Syria, following the recent chemical attack on civilians and counter strike by the U.S. military.
President Trump accused Syrian president Bashar al-Assad of using the chemical weapons to attack his own people, an act he has been known to do in the past. A U.S. missile attack subsequently destroyed the airfield from which the chemical attack was apparently launched.
Syria was supposed to have handed over all of its chemical weapons during the Obama government’s time in office.
According to the Daily Caller:
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held a press briefing on Monday to inform the public about snctions that will be placed on 271 employees of Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center, who are thought to be responsible for building chemical weapons.
“The United States is sending a strong message with this action — that we will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons by any actor,” Mnuchin said. “Today’s action, less than three weeks after the attack, is one of the largest ever executed by OFAC. I can assure you when the U.S. puts out sanctions they have impact both here and throughout the world.”