President Trump announces US military action in Syria

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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.

The vice president, filling in for Trump at the Summit of the Americas, said the USA remained "hopeful" that with the cooperation of Great Britain and France, and support of allies like Canada, "that we will see Syria, and their patrons in Russian Federation and Iran, once and for all abandon the use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians".

"The objective of the mission the commander in chief gave our military forces and our allies was completely accomplished - with swift professionalism", Pence told reporters, noting there were "no reported civilian casualties".

Vice-President Mike Pence say the United States did the morally right thing when it attacked Syrian chemical weapons facilities in retaliation for an attack on civilians.

Early in the day, Pentagon officials suggested they'd proof which the Assad regime was supporting the assault, but they couldn't complicated on the information as it was recovered.

Responding to a question, Pence said that the USA message to Russian Federation is: "You're on the wrong side of history". You're known by the company that you keep.

"Our concept into Russian is, 'You're on the wrong side of record, ' & " Pence stated.

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He also said the United State will mount a "sustained effort" against the regime if the attacks continue, echoing what U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said in an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Saturday.

The vice president also said that the topic of funding for Trump's proposed wall on the USA border with Mexico did not come up in Pence's meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Pence said Trump's call for Mexico to pay for the US -built wall "did not come up" in meetings.

Pence left the summit late Friday so he could confer with USA congressional leaders by telephone from his hotel suite about Trump's plans to announce the missile strikes.

Vice President Pence said on Saturday that the Trump administration stood ready to respond to any potential retaliatory measures by Syria or allies, after the U.S., France and the United Kingdom launched military strikes on the country.

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