After Trump’s pre-dawn missile strike on Syrian bases, international praise started pouring in. The Friday morning attack targeted air bases and fuel depots in the Holms Province in retaliation for the chemical weapons attack carried out on Tuesday. Leaders from Japan, Israel, Australia and Canada, have shown support for the military action.
Israel Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said in a statement that “In both word and action” Trump “sent a strong and clear message” that “the use and spread of chemical weapons will not be tolerated.” Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, responded that this was “a calibrated, proportionate and targeted response.”
Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin, also praised the strike and called on the world to “bring an end to the atrocities committed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.” Joining Israeli and Australian leaders was Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. Abe supported the missile strikes saying that they were “a means to prevent further deterioration of the situation.”
Turkish leaders supported President Trump’s decision as well, although they hinted at a need for further attacks. “We see the (airstrikes) as positive, but we believe that this should be completed,” Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said. “The Assad regime’s barbarism must immediately be stopped.”
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Senator John McCain, an outspoken critic of President Trump, praised his decisive action. McCain joined Lindsey Graham in issuing a joint statement after the strike:
“Unlike the previous administration, President Trump confronted a pivotal moment in Syria and took action, for that, he deserves the support of the American people. We salute the skill and professionalism of the U.S. Armed Forces who carried out tonight’s strikes in Syria. Acting on the orders of their commander-in-chief, they have sent an important message the United States will no longer stand idly by as Assad … slaughters innocent Syrians with chemical weapons and barrel bombs.”
Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, addressed the House of Commons in Ottawa on Friday where he too praised President Trump’s decision. In his statement he said “Canada supports the limited and focused action by the U.S. in retaliation for the chemical weapons attack.”