Many Americans are holding their breath waiting for President Trump‘s next move in reaction to the Syria chemical attack. There seems to be a bit of relief simply because he hasn’t mentioned sending more troops to Syria.
Last week, Trump told the nation that bombing the Syrian airfield was necessary. He called it an “act of humanity,” which was launched to punish the president of Syria, Bashar al Assad for letting the nerve gas sarin loose on his own civilians.
Assad’s acts are a direct violation of international treaties.
Once U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley put her two cents in, the confusion went into overtime. Haley made the claim that President Trump’s administration wants to bring about regime change in Syria. But, that would mean sending more ground troops to the country.
However, that contradicts that Trump said in his “America First” policy. He says that despite various conflicting statements, nothing has changed. The President told the New York Post that he will not be sending more ground troops to Syria for war:
“We’re not going into Syria.
Our policy is the same; it hasn’t changed. We’re not going into Syria.”
Trump said he had to send a warning to Bashar al-Assad that there will be consequences if he uses chemical weapons against civilians again. Trump said getting rid of ISIS — not regime change in Syria or elsewhere— remains his top priority:
“Our big mission is getting rid of ISIS. That’s where it’s always been. But when you see kids choking to death, you watch their lungs burning out, we had to hit him and hit him hard. We could have gone bigger in terms of targets and more of them, but we thought this would be the appropriate first shot. We hope he won’t do any more gassing.”
To date, the U.S. government has spent $4.8 trillion dollars of taxpayer money on wars in the Middle East. And 7,000 American soldiers have died in these wars.
President Trump also said Russian president Vladimir Putin should do more to make sure Assad does not step out of line again and wishes Putin would stop backing Assad, whom he called a “butcher” and “barbarian.”
“We’re not exactly on the same wavelength with Russia, to put it mildly,” Trump said. “Putin must see what a barbarian this guy is, and it’s a very bad symbol for Russia [backing] this guy gassing children and using barrel bombs.”
Trump is furious that the Obama administration lied when it bragged in 2014 that the United States had destroyed all the stockpiles of chemical weapons in Syria. As a result, Trump said he doesn’t trust Obama’s claims about the Iran nuclear deal, under which Iran — the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world — promised never to acquire nuclear weapons.
In the lopsided agreement, Obama lifted economic sanctions that had crippled Iran financially for decades, unfroze $150 billion in assets, and gave Iran $400 million in cash.
“It was the single worst deal ever,” President Trump said. “It’s a disgrace that a deal like that was even signed. It made Iran a power from a country that was ready to fall apart. Iran won’t honor its deal. Instead of saying, ‘Thank you very much for saving our country,’ they’ve been emboldened.”
Trump hasn’t had any recent contact with Obama, and doubled down on his claims that the Obama administration had spied on him during the campaign. “I’m very disappointed that I was surveilled and so was my campaign,” he said. “That’s not supposed to be happening, but I’ve been proven right.”