On Friday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced he was briefed ahead of U.S. Navy military strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
During a question period in the House of Commons, Trudeau said U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis spoke to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan Thursday evening, prior to Sajjan briefing Trudeau on the matter.
Trudeau told the House of Commons:
“In face of such heinous war crimes, all civilized peoples must support a diplomatic resolution to the Syrian crisis. That is why Canada fully supports the United States’ limited, focused action to degrage the Assad regime’s ability to launch such attacks.”
The prime minister publically condemned the chemical weapons attack that left nearly 100 civilians, including many children, dead earlier this week. On Thursday, Trudeau officially dubbed the attack on the province of Idlib, an area southwest of Aleppo, a “war crime.”
In his official statement, Trudeau went on to say that he spoke with President Trump directly Friday morning, offering his support regarding the United States’ retaliation:
“This morning, I spoke with the president directly and emphasized that Canada agrees that Assad’s repeated use of chemical weapons must not continue.”
Trudeau’s comments on Syria in the House Friday morning are as follows:
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's response to a question on Syria in the House of Commons this morning: pic.twitter.com/atpSDzJP0v
— CBC Politics (@CBCPolitics) April 7, 2017
Late Thursday, the U.S. military fired 59 tomahawk cruise missiles directed toward an airfield near Homs, Syria, which is currently held by anti-Assad rebels.
Following the retaliation, Vice-President Mike Pence was rumored to have been scrambling to craft a response to present to the public, as President Trump is busy hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida over the weekend.
On Wednesday, Trudeau condemned the attack rumored to have been carried out by the Assad regime, calling it “shocking and appalling.” He also went on to announce that Canada will provide $840 million in humanitarian aid and development assistance to help the nation recover.