President Donald Trump defends 'Mission Accomplished' claim

President Donald Trump defends 'Mission Accomplished' claim

President Donald Trump declared "mission accomplished" in Friday night's strike on three Syria targets and argued that it "could not have had a better result".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said last week his country had sent experts to the site and found "no trace" of chemical weapons use. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "will still continue to bomb his people, to gas his people".

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the military strikes violated the UN Charter and that if they continue, "it will inevitably entail chaos in worldwide relations", according to a Kremlin statement on Sunday.

Freeland made the comments on the sidelines of a major worldwide summit in Lima, Peru, which U.S. President Donald Trump skipped last minute to deal with the recent chemical-weapons attack in Syria, which culminated in the launch of U.S., British and French strikes against Syrian targets on Friday night.

Western diplomats are preparing for diplomatic efforts to convince Russian Federation to vote for a ceasefire.

Trump's remarks on Twitter are reminiscent of President George W. Bush's 2003 speech announcing an end to major combat operations in Iraq on the on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, with a big sign that read, "Mission Accomplished" in the backdrop.

Saturday's airstrikes came shortly after a fact-finding mission from the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons arrived in Syria to investigate. Lavrov also reiterated the Russian line that any attack on Douma was "staged". This after he had claimed to have turned over all such weapons for destruction. Government forces and Russian troops have been deployed in Douma, which is now controlled by the Syrian government.

"That possibility always has to be taken into account, and investigators will look for evidence that shows whether the incident site has been tampered with", Ralf Trapp, a consultant and member of a previous OPCW mission to Syria, told AFP. "But it was the world saying that we've had enough of the use of chemical weapons".

The U.S. and its allies accused Assad's forces of using chemical weapons, a claim Syria and Russian Federation have rejected.

The attacks happened Friday and USA president Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday calling it "A mission accomplished".

Kenneth Ward, the USA ambassador to the OPCW, raised these fears on Monday, drawing a denial from the Russian foreign minster, Sergei Lavrov, who told the BBC: "I can guarantee that Russia has not tampered with the site". On the other hand, Mr. Trump has dragged the US deeper into the Syrian civil war.

Speaking to Rouhani by telephone the day after US-led strikes on suspected chemical weapons facilities, Putin said "if such actions, carried out in violation of the United Nations Charter, are repeated, that would inevitably provoke chaos in global relations", according to a statement from the Kremlin.

Iran also issued strong statements early Saturday condemning the strikes.

Syria said the strikes failed to achieve their goal and breached worldwide law. Britain's May will also defend London's participation in parliament Monday, after opposition parties claimed the attacks were legally dubious and should have been approved by lawmakers.

Syria has been locked in a civil war since 2011 that has killed at least 350,000 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

A Western draft resolution obtained by AFP at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council Saturday calls for unimpeded deliveries of humanitarian aid and enforcement of a ceasefire, along with demands that Syria engage in U.N. -led peace talks. Assad and his close ally, Russia, have denied government forces ever used such weapons.