Pence: US prepared to respond to possible retaliation by Syria

Howard TerryApr 16, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence, attending an global summit on Saturday, claimed he backs President Trump's assertion earlier in the day from the afternoon which the USA -led airstrikes that weekend at Syria led to "mission realized", And he warned Syrian president Russian Federation that it was "around the incorrect side of record".

Pence Saturday responded to a reporter's question about if the president overstated the outcome of Syria's mission.

The US and its allies France and Britain launched air strikes, targeting sites associated with Syria's chemical weapons capabilities.

The vice president appreciated the Summit of the Americas after Trump earlier that week declared plans to attend the function he might craft a response to the chemical attack, which is why USA authorities state there's proof of Assad's involvement.

Syria came under attack one week after a suspected chemical weapons attack hit the Syrian town of Douma near Damascus.

Pence said Iran also is partly to blame in Syria.

In condemning the US-led attack, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad insisted on Saturday that the missile strikes would only strengthen his nation's resolve to keep its fight against Western-backed terror groups and "crush terrorism in every inch of the nation".

Pence echoed Trump in his remarks on Saturday, saying that the USA was prepared to carry out "sustained" action against Syria's chemical weapons program, unless the government of President Bashar Assad ceased its use of chemical munitions.

Pence's description of the strikes reflected much of Mr. Trump's message the night before - including that the USA stands ready to respond as needed to any further chemical weapons use by Assad's regime.

Pence said the administration is "absolutely" sure the Assad regime carried out the chemical attack.

US Vice President Mike Pence has threatened that Washington is set to respond to possible retaliatory moves against its missile attacks on Syria, by Damascus or its allies, specifically Russian Federation and Iran.

"Last night, the aim of the mission of this (our) commander-in-chief handed our military forces was utterly attained, with accelerated professionalism", Pence claimed in a reaction to reporters' inquiries about whether Trump reluctantly reevaluate the mission's no effect.

Noting that "you're known by the company you keep", Pence said Russian Federation needs to join other nations in opposing the use of chemical weapons in Syria and "live up to the commitments they made".

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