Trump orders strike on Syria in response to chemical attack

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(ABC NEWS) - President Donald Trump announced that he ordered a strike on Syria in response to last weekend's alleged chemical weapons attack. The strikes were ordered in conjunction with action by France and Great Britain.

Addressing the nation Friday evening, Trump said the strike is currently underway.

The strike came as Trump has alluded to military action in Syria all week, even tweeting on Wednesday that Russia should be "ready" because "nice and new and 'smart'" missiles "will be coming." But Thursday, he seemed to walk back that statement, tweeting military action "could be very soon or not so soon at all."

The president tweeted:

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"

Trump has reportedly been moved by images of the chemical weapons attack on the Syrian city of Douma outside of Damascus all week, calling it "atrocious."

"We cannot allow atrocities like that. Cannot allow it," Trump told reporters during a Cabinet meeting on Monday, adding he expected to make a decision on a response in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Images showed victims of the alleged attack foaming at the mouth.