After 59 tomahawks struck an airbase in Syria, in retaliation for Assad’s chemical attack on his own people, many Americans are wondering if we are headed to war.
Russia and Iran have threatened Trump. Claiming if he crosses the line again they will retaliate with their Syrian ally.
The tensions are high.
Trump called his strike an ‘act of humanity’. But was it also an act of war?
His aides and policy have caused confusion on this conflict. Many mixed signals were sent. Finally, President Trump has emphatically cleared the air.
Michael Goodwin of the New York Post had an exclusive interview with Trump. These are the answers he got:
“We’re not going into Syria,” he told me yesterday in an exclusive interview. “Our policy is the same — it hasn’t changed. We’re not going into Syria.”
The president, speaking by phone Tuesday, called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a “butcher” and a “barbarian” for using sarin gas on his own people, but said last week’s successful missile strike was not the start of a campaign to oust the dictator.
“Our big mission is getting rid of ISIS,” Trump said. “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.”
Certainly no confusion there.
When asked about Russia and Iran Trump addressed each country separately:
“We’re not exactly on the same wavelength with Russia, to put it mildly,” Trump answered. “Putin must see what a barbarian this guy is, and it’s a very bad symbol for Russia with this guy gassing children and using barrel bombs.”
With Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow as we spoke, Trump said he hoped for Putin’s cooperation, but added, “I don’t know.”
In regards to Iran…
“I don’t need more pause about Iran,” Trump said. “It was the single worst deal ever. 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.”
He wasn’t finished. “Iran won’t honor its deal. Instead of saying, ‘Thank you very much for saving our country,’ they’ve been emboldened.”
So there you have it.
Syria will be left untouched for now. If they have and use more chemical weapons, this question of going to war might be brought up again. Trump hopes they won’t do more gassing.