On Saturday, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said if the Syrian regime continues to use chemical weapons against its people, it should know the U.S. is “locked and loaded.”
During a special meeting at the U.N., Haley said Friday’s missile strike sent a “clear” message: “The United States of America will not allow the [Syrian President Bashar] Assad regime to continue to use chemical weapons.”
She explained that the 105-missile strike “obliterated” the major research facility used to create the weapons and shared a message from President Donald Trump.
“He said, ‘If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded,” Haley declared.
The ambassador reiterated that it wasn’t an empty threat because when Trump draws a red line, he enforces that red line.
“We are prepared to sustain this pressure if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will,” CNN reported she told the U.N. Security Council.
On Friday, the U.S., the United Kingdom, and France conducted a joint missile strike in Syria, which targeted three areas — a scientific research center in Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility located west of Homs, and a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and command post near Homs.
Trump lauded the strike as being executed perfectly and stated that it “could not have had a better result.”
CNN reported Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia criticized the U.S. during the council meeting and said the allied forces violated the U.N. charter and the “norms of international law.”