Tonight, President Trump ordered strikes on Syria in response to the regime’s chemical attacks on its own people:
President Trump on Friday announced that he has approved military strikes in Syria against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The decision follows a suspected chemical gas attack from the Assad regime on a rebel-held town near the Syrian capital last weekend.
The United States launched the response, along with assurance from France and the United Kingdom, Trump stated.
According to CNN:
“We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents,” Trump said.The President also insisted that the US would not remain engaged in Syria forever under any circumstances. He has previously told his national security team he wants US troops to exit Syria within six months.“America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria,” Trump said from the White House.“As other nations step up their contributions we look forward to the day we can bring our warriors home.”Trump told the nation in his address the US “cannot purge the world of evil or act everywhere there is tyranny.”And he described the Middle East as a “troubled place.”
For some historical context, here are some previous Tweets from Trump concerning his positions on Syria:
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
The President must get Congressional approval before attacking Syria-big mistake if he does not!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2013
We should stop talking, stay out of Syria and other countries that hate us, rebuild our own country and make it strong and great again-USA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2013
What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2013