Trump: US, allies attacking Syria to stop chemical weapons

President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Friday about the United States’ military response to Syria’s April 7 chemical weapon attack. (Susan Walsh/AP Photo)

WASHINGTON — The United States, France and Britain launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for a suspected chemical attack against civilians and to deter him from doing it again, President Donald Trump announced Friday. Explosions lit up the skies over Damascus, the Syrian capital, as Trump spoke from the White House.