Donald Trump surprised his supporters when he ordered a missile strike on Syria.
Many were concerned that a President who had made “America First” his guiding principle was now abandoning that principle.
But Trump made his intentions on Syria clear in one shocking interview.
President Trump laid down a clear marker on Syria during an appearance on Fox Business Channel.
He declared that there would be no military invasions of Syria.
“President Donald Trump signaled Tuesday that he won’t send U.S. ground troops into Syria.
Trump ordered missile strikes last week targeting the airbase where U.S. intelligence believes the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad launched a chemical weapons attack early last week that killed dozens of civilians, including children.
Trump’s about-face on Syria — the “America first” candidate was previously against military intervention, advising President Barack Obama years ago to “stay the hell out of Syria” and questioning the result of bombing Syria aside from “more debt and a possible long term conflict” — raised doubts about whether the outsider who was elected sans any political or military experience had any foreign policy doctrine.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer, however, was adamant this week that it’s still “America first.” And while the administration has indicated that it won’t tolerate chemical weapons use, officials have been relatively quiet about the prospect of additional U.S. responses, aside from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin noting that economic sanctions are imminent.
“We’re not going into Syria,” Trump told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo in an interview that will air Wednesday morning.”
Trump’s comments followed those of Secretary of Defense James Mattis who had declared regime change in Syria was not a priority.
The Daily Caller reports:
“Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said at a press conference Tuesday that the U.S. military is not focused on regime change in Syria.
Mattis said the goal of the military campaign in Syria is “breaking ISIS.” He described the airstrikes last week as “a separate issue that arose in the midst of that campaign,” adding, “the rest of the campaign stays on track exactly as it was before Assad’s violation.”
The secretary of defense said that it was not a “not a harbinger of change in our military campaign,” and that the U.S. had to make a “very,very clear statement” that “chemical weapons not be used.”
During the campaign, Trump blasted Hillary Clinton for her warmongering in Syria.
Clinton advocated for a no-fly zone which would have seen U.S. fighter jets operating in the same air space as Russia war planes.
It created a powder keg that could have exploded into World War Three.
Trump advocated on avoiding foreign wars in the Middle East and wars for nation building.
And it was central to his electoral appeal.
But some supporters worried he was beginning to move away from those principles by surrounding himself with more establishment advisors.
Fortunately, Trump was able to raise his supporters’ spirits by reaffirming his “America First” foreign policy and rejecting military adventurism is Syria.