President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. had launched an airstrike — 59 Tomahawk missiles — on Syria.
Speaking from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump told reporters that he had approved a “targeted military strike” on an airfield in Syria from which a chemical attack was launched on civilians earlier this week.
“It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons,” the president said.
Following news of the attack, celebrities and politicians expressed their thoughts on social media.
Actors such as Kerry Washington, Lena Dunham and George Takei tweeted their reactions once learning of the developments.
A version of this article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com