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Gingrich: China 'shaken' by Syria strike

The Hill logo The Hill 9/04/2017 Mallory Shelbourne

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Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) in an interview broadcast on Sunday said President Trump's decision to strike the Syrian regime shook Russia and China.

"I think that was a substantial shock to Putin and to the Russians," Gingrich said during an interview with John Catsimatidis on 970 AM in New York.

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"It also reminded people just who the most powerful country in the world is and the fact is that it's not Russia. We're vastly more powerful than the Russians are."

Trump on Thursday ordered the U.S. military to strike the Syrian airbase believed to be the launching point for the chemical weapons attack two days earlier.

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The chemical attack, which the U.S. has blamed on the country's embattled leader, President Bashar Assad - a key ally of Russia - killed at least 70 civilians.

Gingrich, a loyal supporter of Trump during his presidential campaign, said Sunday he believes the Chinese were also "shaken" following by Trump's decision to strike the Assad regime.

"I think the Chinese were very shaken. I think they've never seen anything quite like that," Gingrich said, noting that Trump was hosting Chinese President Xi JinPing at his private Mar-a-lago estate the night he announced the strikes.

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