Trump tells Congress Syria attack ordered to protect U.S. interest

Source: Xinhua| 2017-04-09 07:09:48|Editor: Mengjiao Liu
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WASHINGTON, April 8 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump told Congress that his decision to attack Syria was in the interest of the United States, adding that further actions are being considered.

"I acted in the vital national security and foreign policy interest of the United States," Trump said in a letter to both chambers of the Congress dated Saturday.

"The United States will take additional action, as necessary and appropriate, to further its important national interests," Trump said.

Trump stated that informing the Congress of the background and motives behind the decision to attack Syria was in consistent with the War Powers Resolution.

The United States on Thursday launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at Syria to neutralize its chemical weapon arsenal, two days after reports of a chemical weapons attack emerged from the battleground in Syria, which the West said the Syrian government should be to blame.

Trump's decision raised controversy among U.S. lawmakers and foreign governments, while some supported the punitive move against the Syrian government, others questioned whether it was appropriate to commit such an action of war without authorization from the U.S. Congress and the United Nations Security Council.