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Pence to Russia: “You are on the fallacious aspect of historical past”

Up to date Apr 14, 2018 four:28 PM EDT

Vice President Mike Pence had a easy message for Russia Saturday, after in a single day airstrikes in Syria that Russia condemned. The U.S. blames Russia, which was tasked a number of years in the past with serving to rid Syria of chemical weapons, for permitting Syria to hold on with its chemical weapons program.

“Our message to Russia is, you are on the fallacious aspect of historical past,” Pence, who’s in Peru in President Trump’s place this weekend, instructed reporters. “It is time for Russia to get the message that President Trump delivered final evening. That you just’re recognized by the corporate you retain.”

Pence made the remarks after a reporter commented that U.S.-Russia relations have appeared to bitter over the past week particularly, because the U.S. accuses Syrian President Bashar Assad of being behind a lethal chemical weapons assault towards civilians final weekend in Douma. Mr. Trump, too, has known as out Russia, and its president, Vladimir Putin, by identify, within the final week. 

Pence stated Iran is also partly accountable in Syria. 

“Russia and Iran are on the fallacious aspect of historical past,” Pence added.

The in a single day strikes have been carried out by the U.S., United Kingdom and France, consisting of 105 missiles that struck three websites — two storage amenities and one manufacturing website for chemical weapons, based on the Pentagon. The Pentagon claims the strikes “hit each goal.”

Pence’s description of the strikes mirrored a lot of Mr. Trump’s message the evening earlier than — together with that the U.S. stands prepared to reply as wanted to any additional chemical weapons use by Assad’s regime. Pence stated the U.S. is “ready to proceed this effort till we’re assured that chemical weapons won’t ever be used once more towards harmless civilians in Syria.”

Pence went one step additional than most U.S. officers have stated publicly for the reason that strikes to date, claiming that additional use of chemical weapons will imply a “worth to pay” — navy motion.  

Mr. Trump was criticized Saturday morning for tweeting “Mission Completed!” after the strikes, a phrase harking back to former President George W. Bush’s Might 2003 “Mission Completed” speech, declaring success in Iraq shortly after the U.S.-led invasion. The conflict continued for eight extra years, and extra civilians and troops perished after that speech occurred than earlier than it.

However Pence backed up the president, saying the mission was certainly completed, in that the strikes hit their meant targets. Mr. Trump has but to increase on his “Mission Completed!” tweet to precise precisely what he meant by that sentiment. Lower than two weeks in the past, Mr. Trump stated he needs to tug U.S. troops out of Syria quickly. 

The Pentagon stated there aren’t any plans for additional strikes presently. 

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