MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow addressed the “perception” of President Trump attempting to “distract from a catastrophic domestic scandal” Friday evening, immediately after listening to the commander in chief announced the U.S. had launched a military strike against Syria in response to the chemical attacks carried out against civilians in Syria last weekend.

“It has national security consequences when the president orders missile strikes on Syria on a night like tonight,” Maddow said after Trump’s announcement. “The strategic effect of that strike will be assessed by both our allies and our enemies.” Maddow said that some countries are weighing their role in Syria and are attempting to determine how they will respond to the U.S.’ actions. The timing of the strike will impact how they respond, she said. READ MORE