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Trump Says US Prepared To Sustain Strikes On Syria

"The combined American, British and French response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power: military, economic and diplomatic," Trump said.

April 13, 2018 - 9:25 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP/WWJ) - President Donald Trump says the United States has "launched precision strikes" on targets associated with Syrian chemical weapons program.

Trump spoke from the White House Friday night, addressing the nation. He says a "combined operation" with France and the United Kingdom is underway.

"The combined American, British and French response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power: military, economic and diplomatic," Trump said.

Trump says that last Saturday, Syrian President Bashar Assad deployed chemical weapons in what was a "significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime."

Trump says he is "prepared to sustain" strikes against Syria until the use of chemical agents stops.

Trump says America does not seek "an indefinite presence" in Syria and will look to pull out its troops once the Islamic State is totally defeated.

Trump has signaled in recent weeks that, despite advice from his national security team, he wanted to accelerate the timetable of the withdrawal of American forces.

The attack comes just over a year after a similar attack took place. Oakland University political science professor Dave Dulio told WWJ Friday's strikes are similar to the ones that took place in April 2017.

"Some similar language being used by the President," Dulio said. "A year ago he called them 'targeted missile strikes' and tonight he called them 'precision strikes.'"

The Associated Press contributed to this story.