On Thursday night, the U.S. military fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at an airbase in Syria. The bombings come two days after Bashar al-Assad’s forces used chemical weapons to kill more than 80 civilians.
The actions represent a dramatic reversal from Trump’s position when Obama considered military action against Syria after Assad used chemical weapons in 2013. Trump repeatedly derided the idea of striking Syria, characterizing it as a foolish and expensive waste of time.
Trump made the decision without Congressional approval from his private club in Florida, Mar-a-lago. In comments to reporters at the club Trump characterized his actions as a moral imperative.
Trump’s full remarks were not televised live due to technical restrictions at Mar-a-lago.
As part of his immigration policy, Trump has sought to end resettlement of refugees from Syria in the United States.