The government of Bolivia on Friday accused the Trump administration of violating international law by launching missile strikes against Syria on Thursday night.
"They represent a serious threat to international peace and security," Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations Sacha Llorenti said Friday of U.S. attacks, which the U.S. said were retaliation for Syria's use of chemical weapons on Tuesday. "This is an extremely, extremely serious violation of international law."
The Bolivian representative argued that Trump should have waited for the UN to establish "an investigation mechanism" to probe the Syrian attacks.
Nikki Haley, this month's president of the U.N. Security Council, warned Wednesday that the U.S. might take unilateral action against Assad, and said the UN had already made a determination.
"[T]his entire Security Council decided on what the Joint Investigative Mechanism would be and decided what it would do, and it was actually voted on unanimously," Haley said Wednesday. "And the joint mechanism came back and said that the Syrian government committed chemical weapons acts against their own people three different times. But somehow now we don't like what the Joint Investigative Mechanism does."
Bolivia is a partner of Russian President Vladimir Putin's government on military and economic issues, and Llorenti also charged that U.S. intelligence failures in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq undermine the validity of new U.S. claims that Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own people this week.
"I believe it's vital for us to remember what history teaches us and on this occasion, the United States did affirm, they affirmed that they had all the proof necessary to show that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction but they were never found," Llorenti said at a Security Council meeting. "Never were they found."
President Trump's team has also invoked the Iraq war intelligence failure to cast doubt on the CIA's assessment that Russian intelligence operatives were responsible for the cyberattacks against the Democratic party last year.
"These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction," Trump's team said in a December statement. "The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It's now time to move on and 'Make America Great Again.'"