Trump declares ‘mission accomplished’ in Syria strike

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Top administration officials on Saturday rallied behind President Donald Trump’s declaration of “mission accomplished” in Friday night’s strike on three Syria targets in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in a Damascus suburb.

“A perfectly executed strike last night,” Trump tweeted Saturday. “Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!”

Senior US officials echoed the President’s assessment.

“Last night, operations were very successful,” Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said at a briefing Saturday morning. “We met our objectives. We hit the sites, the heart of the chem-weapons program. So it was mission accomplished.”

Vice President Mike Pence said the strikes, conducted in coordination with the United Kingdom and France, “degraded and crippled chemical weapons capabilities of Syria.”

“I think the President’s expressions this morning were a strong affirmation that the mission that he gave our military to go in and destroy key elements of the chemical weapons infrastructure in Syria was completely and professionally and swiftly accomplished,” said Pence, who was on a foreign trip to Peru for the Summit of the Americas.

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