Trudeau says he ‘fully supports’ Trump’s missile retaliation to Syria
By: Jefferson Marshall
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he completely backs the American missile attack on Syria in the response to the chemical weapons attack on its own people.
“Canada fully supports the United States’ limited and focused action to degrade the Assad regime’s ability to launch chemical weapons attacks against innocent civilians, including many children,” said Trudeau in a statement released Friday morning.
A Syrian chemical weapon containing the deadly chemical Sarin deployed on Tuesday is believed to be the cause of more than 80 Syrian deaths in the northwestern town of Khan Sheikhoun.
“President Assad’s use of chemical weapons and the crimes the Syrian regime has committed against its own people cannot be ignored,” Trudeau said.
Shortly after the Prime Minister’s announcement, he reiterated Canada’s support of Donald Trump’s decision to reporters in New York on Thursday.
“States that have been supportive of the Assad regime need to think about their responsibility in the ongoing conflict in Syria that is taking so many lives,” Trudeau said.
The Conservative Party’s Interim Leader Rona Ambrose wrote in a press release the Tories are siding with the U.S. while criticizing Trudeau’s lack of execution.
“The Conservative Party of Canada strongly supports the efforts of the United States to prevent Syria’s military from launching further chemical weapon attacks,” said Ambrose in her Friday morning press release. “To date, Prime Minister Trudeau has offered very little in terms of concrete action to hold the Russian-backed government of Syria accountable.”
President Donald Trump, once against getting involved in Syrian conflict, yesterday ordered to retaliate by sending 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syria.
“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,” Trump said last night at a press conference. “Years of previous attempts of changing Assad’s behavior have failed and failed dramatically.”
It has been reported by the Syrian military that the U.S.-deployed missiles killed seven, including four children. Seven others were injured, according to the Syrian military.