He said parliament should have been consulted before Prime Minister Theresa May ordered British jets to join coordinated strikes against Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack she said President Bashar al-Assad’s forces had carried out in the Damascus suburb of Douma a week ago.
However Prime Minister Theresa May argues evidence that the Syrian regime has again used chemical weapons against its own people is compelling, and that carefully-targeted action to prevent this happening again is justified.
A statement by French President Emmanuel Macron said many people were killed or injured in the suspected chemical attack.
Speaking in Downing Street, May said the military strikes should be a “warning to Russia” before holding the Syrian government accountable for the chemical attack.
The U.S. president, who has tried to build good relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, had sharply critical words for Russia and Iran, which have backed Assad’s government.
The military action is not about intervening in Syria’s civil war or changing its government, she said.
Although the British government on Saturday defended its decision to join the US -led military strikes on Syria without consulting Parliament first, British opinion leaders immediately questioned about the Whitehall’s legal justification of such a military action.
“We can not tolerate the recurring use of chemical weapons, which is an immediate danger for the Syrian people and our collective security”, a statement from the Elysee presidential office said.
Britain has blamed Russian Federation for the poisoning – a charge vehemently denied by Moscow which has accused London of failing to come up with evidence for its claims.
“It was both right and legal to take military action together with our closest allies to alleviate further humanitarian suffering by degrading the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons capability”, May said.
“Initial indications are that the precision of the Storm Shadow weapons and meticulous target planning have resulted in a successful attack”, it said.
Britain’s defence ministry said “very careful scientific analysis” had been applied to maximise the destruction of stockpiled chemicals while minimising any risk of contamination to surrounding areas.
“The facility which was struck is located some distance from any known concentrations of civilian habitation, reducing yet further any such risk”, it added.
Parliament is not due to reconvene until Monday, following its Easter recess.
Britain continues to support the US-led coalition targeting IS jihadists in Iraq and Syria, and has conducted more than 1,700 strikes.
The leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn said on Saturday there was no legal basis for British strikes against Syria and such action would encourage others to behave in the same way.
“No amount of American blood or treasure can produce lasting peace and security in the Middle East”, Trump said.
“The global community must uphold the prohibition against the use of chemical weapons, but it is unclear how Trump’s illegal and unauthorized strikes on Syria achieve that goal”.
Labour MP Kevin Brennan wrote: “Parliamentary approval should have been sought”.