The Trump administration has issued sanctions – hundreds of them – against Syria after Bashar al-Assad‘s chemical attack on women and children left more than 80 people dead.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced at a press briefing on Monday that there will be 271 sanctions imposed on Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center, which Mnuchin said is thought to be responsible for building the country’s chemical weapons.
The sanctions come only about 3 weeks after the U.S. launched a missile attack against an airfield from which the Syrians launched the chemical attack.
“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 was quoted.
“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.”
Trump’s decision to strike Syria militarily received widespread support from both Republicans and Democrats.