US launches Syria missile strike: President Donald Trump's statement in full

Rebecca Smith
In a a televised address Trump said the base was the launch point for the chemical attack
In a a televised address Trump said the base was the launch point for the chemical attack (Source: Getty)

The US has carried out a missile attack against an air base in Syria, responding to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town.

President Trump gave a statement on the US action, where 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired at 04:40 Syrian time, the full transcript of which is below.

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Donald Trump launches Syrian air strikes: The full transcript

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 UN Security Council.

Years of previous attempts at changing Assad's behaviour have all failed and failed very dramatically.

As a result, the refugee crisis continues to deepen and the region continues to destabilise, threatening the United States and its allies.

Tonight I call on all civilised 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

Good night and God bless America and the entire world. Thank you.

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