FULL TEXT | Pres. Trump's statement on Syria attack

President Trump called the strike on Syrian military targets 'vital' to U.S. national security.

MAR-A-LAGO, Fla. -- On Thursday night, the U.S. launched a cruise missile attack against Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack that killed 86 people on Tuesday.

The attack, the first conventional assault on another country ordered by Trump, comes after he declared that the chemical weapons assault had “crossed many, many lines.” 

After the air strike, President Donald Trump issued a statement from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The following is his full statement:

My fellow Americans:  On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.  Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children.  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.

Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched.  It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.  There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention, and ignored the urging of the U.N. Security Council. 

Years of previous attempts at changing Assad's behavior have all failed, and failed very dramatically.  As a result, the refugee crisis continues to deepen and the region continues to destabilize, threatening the United States and its allies. 

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.  We ask for God's wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world.  We pray for the lives of the wounded and for the souls of those who have passed.  And we hope that as long as America stands for justice, then peace and harmony will, in the end, prevail. 

Goodnight.  And God bless America and the entire world.  Thank you.

PHOTOS | Syrians devastated by suspected chemical attack

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