Late Friday Night, the President addressed the nation from the White House with information respecting an American response to the chemical weapons most recently used in Syria. "I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad". According to the Syrian Armed forces 110 missiles were launched around 9 p.m. ET. Syrian defense systems intercepted some of the missiles, others hit their intended targets, including; The Research Center in Barzeh, and areas near Russia's Syrian naval and air bases. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff stated that the first site targeted by the allied strike was a scientific research center in greater Damascus involved in the development and production of chemical weapons. The second, was a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs, and the third was at a chemical equipment storage facility and important command post.
Trump announced his motives to join in the allied strike were rooted in Assad's actions from last week which "was a significant attack against his own people," and "not the actions of a man, they are crimes of a monster instead". Trump went on to say the purpose of the allied campaign was to "establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons".
Will this be the totality of the American response in Syria? US Defense Secretary James Mattis said "right now this is a one-time shot and I believe that it sent a very strong message" to the Syrian regime. Australia's defense minister issued a statement in support of the strikes, calling them "a calibrated, proportionate and targeted response". On the other side, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the US strikes had hit the Syrian capital when the country "finally" had a chance at peace. And according to Iran's Foreign Ministry's spokes person, Bahram Qasemi, the country condemned the strikes, "the attack is the blatant violation of international laws, as well as ignoring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria".
Sunday morning, an exclusive interview with Paul Ryan aired on Meet The Press. At the start of the interview Ryan disclosed how his decision to step down was one that came not only from him but his entire family. Ryan said he would hang his hat on a number of accomplishments he had while in office. He fought for Tax reform which hadn't been updated since the year Ryan got his driver's license. he worked on rebuilding the military and its budget. Todd heavily questioned Ryan on the budget, taxes, and the irony of how the party historically known for fiscal sanity become the party with the biggest spending increase in modern history. In return Ryan cited the need for a growing economy and broken tax system which he has tirelessly worked to repair during his time in office. When it came to discussing the differing visions for the future of the Republican Party shared by Ryan and the President, Ryan stated that the two had come up with a collaborative agenda for the rest of the year. He acknowledged that on "nine out of ten issues we [Ryan and the President] are paddling in the same direction", that they may have differing styles and ideas but between the two of them they covered the broad spectrum of the party.
Commenting on the political climate of today, Ryan gave this warning; "Do not fall for identify politics. Identity politics was a tool created by the left to be used for a while, and is now a practice used on the right. I believe in inclusive aspirational politics that brings everyone together, we need to stop playing identity politics. Identity politics practiced on both the right and the left tries to exploit divisions between people, is not being practiced with 21st century technology to a devastating effect and that is one of the thing contributing to the polarization we are experiencing in America. I do not think its right, I think it is something we as Americans need to confront".
When asked if he would ever make a run for office, Ryan said "you can never say never, there are still policy issues I care about".