President Donald Trump prepares to speak at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday, April 6, 2017, after the U.S. fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria Thursday night in retaliation for this week's gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Donald Trump prepares to speak at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday, April 6, 2017, after the U.S. fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria Thursday night in retaliation for this week's gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump orders missile attack on Syria

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By Maria Curi | maria-curi@uiowa.edu

Despite the anti-interventionist foreign-policy promises he made on the campaign trail, President Trump ordered  the launching of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles against Syria on the evening of April 6.

The missiles targeted the Shayrat air base. According to U.S. officials, this is the air base from which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces launched a chemical attack against innocent Syrian civilians on April 4. More than 100 civilians, including children and infants, were killed.

“Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack,” Trump said in an address Thursday night. “No child of God should ever suffer such horror.”