Russia criticized President Trump’s airstrikes against the Syrian military as an act of unwarranted “aggression,” and Syria’s Assad regime was not much kinder about them, but the rest of the international community had nothing but praise for the U.S. commander-in-chief.
A day after the U.S. launched nearly 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles on a Syrian air base, our allies around the world weighed in on the strike.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Trump “sent a strong and clear message” that the U.S. would not tolerate the use of chemical weapons.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Trump made a bold choice that would “prevent further deterioration of the situation.”
A spokesperson for UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the action “was an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian regime, and is intended to deter further attacks.”
Australian leader Malcolm Turnbull said the strike was “calibrated, proportionate, and targeted.” He said it would be hard for Assad to miss the message, seeing as how the missiles “struck at the very airfield from which the chemical attack was delivered.”
Oh, what a difference a day makes.
Now the international community understands the new U.S. president a little better. After eight years of Obama, they didn’t know what to expect from Trump.
Now they know: Expect action. Expect leadership.
And for those who would commit atrocities like the one carried out by the Assad regime?