As it happened: US, UK and France strike Syria
The Elysee Palace took this photo of French President Emmanuel Macron as he ordered French forces to intervene in Syria tonight.
Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued a statement praising President Trump's decision to strike Syria as punishment for the chemical weapons attack.
But McCain also called on Trump to set a "comprehensive strategy" in both Syria and the Middle East.
US Defense Secretary James Mattis was asked if the US and its allies planned to continue military operations beyond tonight's strikes in Syria.
He said it all depends on Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
"Should he decide to use more chemical weapons in the future and of course — the powers that have signed the chemical weapons prohibition have every reason to challenge Assad if should he choose to violate that, but right now this is a one-time shot and I believe that it sent a very strong message to dissuade him to, to deter him from doing this again."
What Trump said earlier tonight
However, earlier tonight, Trump indicated the strikes would continue until the Syrian regimes use of chemical weapons ends.
"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents," Trump said.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who was reportedly on a commercial flight when President Trump announced the Syria strikes, has issued this statement warning the Trump administration to avoid getting the US in a "greater and more involved war in Syria."
A pinpointed, limited action to punish and hopefully deter Assad from doing this again is appropriate, but the administration has to be careful about not getting us into a greater and more involved war in Syria.
Schumer, a New York Democrat, praised "the professionalism and skill of our Armed Forces" in April 2017, the last time Trump ordered strikes on Syria, saying it was "the right thing to do."
He also added that "it is incumbent on the Trump administration to come up with a strategy and consult with Congress before implementing it."
At least one US Navy warship based in the Red Sea participated in today’s strikes according to two US military officials.
US B-1 bombers were also used in the strikes in Syria, according to two US defense officials.
Anatoly Antonov, Russian ambassador to the US, issued a statement on Facebook in response to the strikes on Syria.
He accused the West of carrying out a "pre-designed scenario." He said there would be "consequences," and the responsibility for them lies with Washington, London and Paris.
Antonov added: "Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible," and said that the US "has no moral right to blame other countries" since it possesses a large arsenal of chemical weapons of its own.