BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER Maine) -- President Donald Trump used twitter Saturday morning to defend his use of the term “mission accomplished,” after an announcement over precision strikes in Syria. On Friday night, the President said the military force was in retaliation to an alleged chemical attack on civilians on April 7th by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad

Senator Angus King (I-ME) joined Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning to discuss the attacks and the President’s latest tweet.

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“I think it is very difficult to say ‘mission accomplished,’ if the mission is to deter chemical weapons,” said King. “We hope that would be the case. We did a strike a year ago for that same purpose and it was deemed a success, but the chemical weapons were continued to be used.”

Senator King sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Senate Armed Services Committee. He referred to the announcement as premature. “We won’t know until we see whether the regime continues to use chemical weapons.”

King also distinguished between the use of chemical weapons and a general military incursion in Syria. He said it’s the “red line” for most of the world.