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By Saagar Enjeti
President Donald Trump did not call Russian President Vladimir Putin before sending 60 Tomahawk missiles to strike a Syrian airfield likely used in a Tuesday chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Trump justified the strike, saying it was in the “vital national interest” of the U.S. to ensure chemical weapons were not used in violation of international norms.
Pentagon official tells @barbarastarrcnn US military informed Russian military before strikes
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) April 7, 2017
Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday if a Russian soldier was present at the airfield and killed during the strike, they were complicit by being there.
BREAKING: Tillerson: No communication b/w administration & Putin/Moscow other than "deconfliction" notice for Russian troops in Syria.
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) April 7, 2017
There was no communication at the head of state level between the U.S. and Russia.