Trump con­grat­u­lates Navy cap­tains

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Carlo Munoz

Pres­i­dent Trump per­son­ally thanked the of­fi­cers and crew of the USS Porter and USS Ross, the two Amer­i­can war­ships that bombed the Syr­ian air­field al­legedly hous­ing por­tions of the coun­try’s chem­i­cal weapon stock­piles, for last week’s suc­cess­ful strike.

In a call to Cm­drs. An­dria Slough and Rus­sell Cald­well, the skip­pers of the USS Porter and Ross, re­spec­tively, Mr. Trump praises the “speed, pre­ci­sion and ef­fec­tive­ness” in which the sailors aboard the Ar­leigh Burke-class de­stroy­ers car­ried out their mis­sion, a White House read­out of Sun­day’s call said.

Mr. Trump “could not be more proud of [their] crews … and their flaw­less ex­e­cu­tion of the op­er­a­tion,” ac­cord­ing to the White House.

The U.S. war­ships fired launched 59 Tom­a­hawk cruise mis­siles early Fri­day morn­ing into the Alaw­ite-dom­i­nated re­gion of western Syria,

in re­sponse to the chem­i­cal strike.

The strikes were cen­tered on the al Shayrat air­field near the western Syr­ian city of Homs, which U.S. in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials be­lieve the chem­i­cal strikes were launched from.

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