That was enough of a message for the US authorities and the strike evidently achieved nothing.
The Syrian Government and its ally Russian Federation have denied involvement in any such attack. Russian officials and lawmakers compared it to the 2003 USA -led invasion of Iraq that was launched on claims that Baghdad was developing suspected nuclear weapons - allegations that proved to be false.
"We would have preferred an alternative path, but in this case there was none", May said. "The strategy failed. It must be time for a new one".
But US Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters Friday that the missiles were a "one-time shot" for now, but that the strike sent a "strong message" to "deter" Assad from carrying out another chemical attack.
Following recent Airstrikes in Syria, local representatives in Congress are responding to the United State's action to punish President Bashar Assad for a suspected chemical attack against civilians. "Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible", he added, an apparent reference to Trump's mention of President Vladimir Putin in his speech.
In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May was facing criticism over her decision to bypass parliament and take part in the air strikes against Syria. "We wanted their friends Iran and Russian Federation to know that we meant business and that they were going to be feeling the pain from this as well". "They 100 percent met their objectives", she said on ABC's "This Week". If there is a future chemical attack, either by Mr. Assad or by his rivals, the USA will be forced to act again, perhaps more harshly.
Protesters used a metal grinder to try to cut off the statue's feet and tug it down with ropes before riot police intervened and fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.
On Sunday, Ms Haley made clear the United States would not be pulling troops out of Syria right away, saying USA involvement there "is not done".
But Chris Edelson, an American University professor who studies presidential war powers, said Trump - like previous presidents - has taken advantage of congressional gridlock to enhance the war powers of the president. Haley stressed the USA was "not looking for war" and "not looking to kill people".
Moscow also condemned the Western states for refusing to wait for the findings of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inspection team on the alleged attack before launching the strikes.
But Haley said the airstrikes accomplished their objective. This is the second time Mr. Trump has ordered a missile attack on Syria.
The White House, mired in controversies, is not likely to pursue Assad too aggressively, Piazza said. That's why this attempt to assert them with force does not surprise me at all. "With support from Russian Federation and Iran".
"Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions, carried out in violation of the UN Charter, continue, it will inevitably lead to chaos in worldwide relations", the press service of the Kremlin said. They also called the attack an impediment to peace.
Britain and its allies have since the strikes renewed diplomatic efforts at the United Nations, circulating a joint draft resolution at the Security Council calling for an investigation into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.