The Trump Administration Says Sanctions Against Syria Are Forthcoming

Kaitlan Collins | White House Correspondent

Just hours after the United States launched a missile attack against a Syrian air base Thursday night, the White House announced that added sanctions against the country are forthcoming.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson briefed reporters from Florida about the strike Friday.

(Photo: THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP/Getty Images)

According to the press pool, Mnuchin said sanctions against Syria are forthcoming, but didn’t elaborate on what those will look like. (RELATED: Trump Comments On U.S. Airstrikes In Syria)

Tillerson said the sanctions will be determined by how Syria responds to the strike. He added that the strike Thursday night decimated 20 percent of the seventh wing of the Syrian air force, then addressed reports that the base’s runway was still usable. Tillerson said it was not a target in the strike “because of its structure.”

Donald Trump was in the middle of hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping when news of the strike broke. Tillerson said Trump informed the Chinese leader of the launch as the two dined over steak and dover sole at Mar-a-Lago.

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