Haley: U.S. 'locked and loaded' if Syria uses chemical weapons again

- April 14, 2018

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said President Donald Trump told her Saturday the U.S. remains "locked and loaded" if Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons to attack his own people again.

"Last night, we obliterated the major research facility that it used to assemble weapons of mass murder," Haley said at U.N. Security Council meeting called by Russia, which has condemned the Friday night strike on Syria's chemical weapon capabilities by the U.S., France and Britain. "I spoke to the president this morning and he said if the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded."

"When our our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line," Haley added.

Pentagon officials said Saturday that the strike dealt a crippling blow to Syria's future capabilities for using chemical weapons. Joint Staff Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie told reporters the U.S-led operation would “set the Syrian chemical weapons program back by years."

Trump congratulated U.S. and allied forces for the "perfectly executed strike," adding that it was "Mission Accomplished!"


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