After giving the orders to strike targeted military facilities in Syria on Saturday, US President Donald Trump gave a direct message to the regimes of Russia and Iran for aiding a “murderous regime” in Damascus.
“To Iran and to Russia I ask, what kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men women and children. The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep. No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states brutal tyrants and murderous dictators,” Trump said.
“In 2013, President Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons. Assad's recent attack and today's response are the direct result of Russia's failure to keep that promise. Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace,” Trump added.
The US president also said that increased engagement from allied countries including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt could “ensure that Iran does not profit from the eradication of ISIS”.