Congress is supposed to have final authority to declare war, but 1973's War Powers Act lets the president temporarily deploy troops or launch attacks without congressional approval. He added that he knew the media would "seize" on the phrase, but said it should be used often.
The administration maintains that the airstrikes were not connected to the campaign against ISIS in eastern Syria.
Supporters of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad march in protest of the USA -led coalition attack in Syria, on April 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. But the White House later said it had nothing to do with the "Mission Accomplished" banner and noted that the president never said those words in his speech on the deck of the Lincoln.
The strikes themselves were limited - 105 weapons launched against three targets. No casualties have been reported. -Russian collisions or confrontations in Syrian airspace.
"It's a sad day for the world, the United Nations, for its charter - which was blatantly, blatantly violated - and for the Security Council which has shirked its responsibilities", Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said.
The airstrikes drew the ire of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has backed Syrian leader President Bashar al-Assad.
When a vote saw just China and Bolivia join Russian Federation in favour of a draft resolution, Mr Nebenzia accused the US, France and Britain of "demonstrating a blatant disregard for global law". Both facilities are located near Homs. The French ambassador, François Delattre, said that Mr. Assad knew that he was flouting global norms. "Thank God, no one was here", he told AFP.
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In May past year, the BBC reported that the Barzah site was being used by the Syrian regime to install chemical weapons on long-range missiles, violating the 2013 agreement to eliminate chemical weapons from the country.
Compared to strikes that President Donald Trump launched against a Syrian air base after a previous chemical weapons attack on civilians almost one year ago, last night's action was "more robust in terms of military action" because it was an allied, as opposed to unilateral, strike that targeted alleged chemical weapons infrastructure and is meant to be part of a sustained effort, an administration official said.
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The U.S. -led operation won broad Western support.
"It has always been Bulgaria's position that no cause justifies the killing of innocent people, including children; that the use of chemical weapons is a war crime and the strike on Syrian targets was a response to a war crime".
And the timing of the strike is far more suspicious.
In a press conference at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she understood Russia's veto power at the UN Security Council prevented such a diplomatic resolution. He said the missiles hit the "sweet spot", doing the expected level of damage while minimizing the unintentional release of toxic fumes that could be harmful to nearby civilians.
When pressed, he acknowledged that some unspecified portion of Assad's chemical arms infrastructure was not targeted. "To some it said, well, Bush thinks the war in Iraq is over, when I didn't think that". He added: "They think that they're exceptional".
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The Barzeh Research and Development Center, according to the Pentagon briefing, is located in the greater Damascus area. "It does not exist anymore".
While the chemical weapons attack has put Syria fully on Trump's radar, experts say it's unlikely to persuade him to stay the course in Syria beyond defeating Islamic State. "It also remains to be seen if these strikes will deter the future use of chemical weapons", he said.
Syria says it had given up its chemical weapons in 2013.
Syrian authorities claim that more than 100 missiles were shot down by their air defense system.
"Furthermore, there were people found who took part in this staging and, in fact, the inspirers and organizers of that staging was foreign intelligence services", Nebenzia said at the U.N.in NY. McKenzie says the missiles were fired after the "last impact" was over.
Asked about potential consequences that countries like Iran and Russia face for backing Assad, Haley said that further sanctions against the Russian government are in the works.
Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are now in Damascus and are expected to visit Douma this weekend. Russian Federation said its experts found no trace of chemical agents. He criticized the USA and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for worldwide inspectors to complete their visit to the area. But one local Syrian family characterizes it as something else.
Trump puts off decision on Syria strikes
The tweet followed Russia's warning that it will strike at incoming USA missiles and their launch platforms. The U.S. president said Thursday on Twitter that he "never said when an attack on Syria would take place".
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