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World Leaders Applaud Trump's Airstrike In Syria

| by Ray Brown

Leaders from around the world applauded President Donald Trump's decision to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles against a Syrian government's air base.

The missile attack was executed in retaliation against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for allegedly killing approximately 80 civilians, including dozens of children, and seriously injuring hundreds more in a gas attack on April 4.

Although the governments of Syria and Russia, which has been fighting against militants on behalf of Assad's administration, have said the attack was caused by rebel forces, including ISIS, the Trump administration has held the Syrian government responsible for the massacre.

And Trump's swift military action just two days after the chemical attack in the northern Syrian city of Idlib, brought praise from several European leaders, as well as the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Israel.

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According to a statement distributed by the Federal Chancellery in Berlin and the Elysee Palace in Paris, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande both said they "fully support" Trump's strikes against Syria.

"President Assad alone bears responsibility for this development," Merkel and Hollande said, according to Bloomberg. "His repeated use of chemical weapons and his crimes against his own population had to be sanctioned."

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May also praised Trump's attack.

"The U.K. government fully supports the U.S. action, which we believe was an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian regime, and is intended to deter further attacks," May's office said in a statement, according to The Hill.

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Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, a governing body of the E.U., said they would work with the U.S. to end "brutality" in Syria.

"US strikes show needed resolve against barbaric chemical attacks," Tusk wrote on Twitter.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia said it "fully supports" the attacks against Syria and described them as a "courageous decision" by Trump.

"A responsible source at the foreign ministry expressed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's full support for the American military operations on military targets in Syria, which came as a response to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians," a statement carried by state news agency SPA said, according to Al Jazeera.

And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he supports the "strong and clear message" Trump sent by launching missiles against the Syrian government.

"In both word and action, President Trump sent a strong and clear message today that the use and spread of chemical weapons will not be tolerated," a statement from Netanyahu's office said, according to Al Jazeera."Israel fully supports President Trump's decision and hopes that this message of resolve in the face of the Assad regime's horrific actions will resonate not only in Damascus, but in Tehran, Pyongyang and elsewhere."

Sources: Bloomberg, The Hill, Al Jazeera / Photo Credit: Ford Williams/U.S. Navy via San Francisco Gate

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