On Wednesday, President Donald Trump summed up his current opinion on Syria by saying, “I will tell you it’s already happened that my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much. What happened yesterday is unacceptable to me.”
He was referring to the sarin gas attack on Syrian civilians in rebel territory. That attack was not the first instance Syrian President Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons against his own people. But that had little impact on the president’s policies and statements.
On March 30, Trump administration officials indicated that removing Assad from power was not a priority. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that “longer-term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people,” while United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said, “Our priority is no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out.”
On Tuesday, just five days later, at least 72 people, including 20 children were killed in Syria by sarin nerve gas and the Trump administration quickly changed positions. That change was highlighted in the missile attack launched against Syrian targets last night. Afterward, the president explained what happened from Mar-a-Lago.
Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike…… pic.twitter.com/3nUzrdiGzX
— President Trump (@POTUS) April 7, 2017
Don’t attack Syria – an attack that will bring nothing but trouble for the U.S. Focus on making our country strong and great again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2013
President Obama, do not attack Syria. There is no upside and tremendous downside. Save your “powder” for another (and more important) day!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2013
AGAIN, TO OUR VERY FOOLISH LEADER, DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA – IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN & FROM THAT FIGHT THE U.S. GETS NOTHING!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2013
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