McCain: Syria strike a chance for Trump to 'reboot'

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death Anti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid McCain's family, McCain Institute to promote #ActsOfCivility in marking first anniversary of senator's death MORE (R-Ariz.) says the public may change its view of President Trump after his ordered missile strike in Syria.

“He now has an opportunity to reboot with the American people, at least as far as national security is concerned,” McCain said Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“I’ve heard you all discuss the polling numbers he has,” the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman added. "I think he will see the American people probably approve of this. What American didn’t see the pictures of those dead babies?”

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The U.S. launched a missile strike in Syria late Thursday in response to a chemical attack officials said was conducted by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad earlier this week, according to The New York Times.

The Pentagon said warships fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield near the city of Homs, which is where the Tuesday gas attack reportedly originated.

Trump ordered the strike, which reportedly killed nine people, one day after admitting his view of Assad had changed upon hearing about the chemical attack’s impact on civilians.

“There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons,” he said Thursday at his Mar-a-Largo resort in Palm Beach, Fla.

Thursday’s missile launch is the first direct American assault on Assad’s government and the most significant military action of Trump’s presidency so far.

The reported gas attack on Tuesday killed more than 80 people, including over 20 children, and is being described as the worst chemical incident in Syria in years.