US lawmakers late on Friday reacted to the USA -led airstrikes against Syria's chemical weapons facilities ordered by President Donald Trump earlier in the evening.
Trump said the US was "prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", however, he maintained that "America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria".
General Joseph Dunford at a Pentagon briefing shortly after Trump's announcement said three targets had been struck.
The missile strikes took place as a team of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is in Damascus to probe the alleged chemical incident in Douma last week.
"We will not stand by passively while Assad, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, ignores global law", White said. The attack killed dozens and injured up to 500 people.
"The attack this morning against Syria is a crime", he said.
They continued saying that there was "no indication Russian air defense systems were employed", and that they have "not seen any military response from actors in Syria since the western strikes".
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She said: "This persistent pattern of behaviour must be stopped - not just to protect innocent people in Syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons but also because we can not allow the erosion of the global norm that prevents the use of these weapons".
The Kremlin on Saturday condemned Western air strikes on Syria where its armed forces are backing President Bashar al-Assad.
"What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?" In an apparent slight at Trump, who claimed this week that the new missiles would be "nice, new and smart", Moscow said some of the equipment was designed as long ago as the 1950s.
Leading Republicans from the Senate and the House of Representatives lent their support in tweets or in brief statements after Trump announced the strikes in a televised address. Trump's entire address on Syria airstrikesDuring his address, he also called into question the responsibilities Russian Federation and Iran have to protect innocent people. "In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed".
Pence told Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of a summit in Peru on Saturday that President Donald Trump "made it clear to the world" that the United States "will not tolerate these chemical weapons".
"Last night operations were very successful", White said in a press conference Saturday. It was done on targets that we believed were selected to hurt the chemical weapons program. "So, it was mission accomplished".