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Excerpts from Trump’s speech on Syria

Ⓒ AFP – Mandel NGAN – | President Donald Trump announced the bombings in Syria from the White House on April 13, 2018

US President Donald Trump on Friday ordered a wave of “precision” attacks against multiple targets in Syria, in a coordinated operation with France and the United Kingdom, in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack that he described as “crimes of a monster. ”

These are some excerpts from Trump’s televised speech, which lasted less than eight minutes.

– Operation in progress –

“My fellow citizens, a few moments ago, ordered the US armed forces to launch precision attacks on targets associated with the chemical weapons capability of the dictator Bashar al-Assad.”

“A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is currently under way, and we thank both of them.”

– “Crimes of a monster” –

“Last Saturday the al-Assad government again used chemical weapons to slaughter innocent civilians, this time in the city of Duma, near the Syrian capital Damascus, this massacre was a significant escalation in the pattern of chemical weapons use by of this terrible regime. ”

“The despicable and malignant attack left mothers and fathers, babies and children whipped with pain and looking for air, these are not the actions of a man, they are instead the crimes of a monster.”

– Powerful deterrent –

“The goal of our actions tonight is to establish a powerful deterrent against the production, distribution and use of chemical weapons.”

“Establishing this deterrent is a vital national security interest in the US The combined response of the United States, Britain and France to these atrocities will bring together all the instruments of our national power: military, economic and diplomatic.”

“We are prepared to maintain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents.”

– Message to Russia and Iran –

“To Iran and Russia, I ask you: what kind of nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?”

“The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they have, no nation can succeed in the long run by promoting outlaw states, brutal tyrants and murderous dictators.”

– Russia must decide –

“In 2013, President (Russian, Vladimir) Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria, Asad’s chemical weapon attack and today’s response are the direct result of Russia’s failure to fulfill their promises. ”

“Russia must decide if it will continue on this dark road or if it will join civilized nations as a force of stability and peace.”

– The fate of Syria –

“The United States does not seek to have an indefinite presence in Syria under any circumstances.”

“The United States will be a partner and a friend but the destiny of the region is in the hands of its own people.”

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