After members of his own cabinet — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley — made war noises about taking out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, President Trump denied that the U.S. is “going into Syria” in a phone interview last night with the New York Post (NYP).
Michael Goodwin reports for the New York Post, April 11, 2017:
Amid complaints that his aides are saying different things about Syria and his policy is confusing, President Trump emphatically cleared the air.
“We’re not going into Syria,” he told me yesterday in an exclusive [phone] interview. “Our policy is the same — it hasn’t changed. We’re not going into Syria.”
But Trump insisted that Assad had used sarin gas on his own people, calling him a “butcher” and a “barbarian,” but that last week’s successful missile strike — which he calls “an act of humanity” — was not the start of a campaign to oust the dictator:
“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.”
[Note: Trump continues to ignore reasoning and evidence to the contrary. There are also rumors that Trump’s National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster (who replaced ousted retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn) and others have been feeding Trump false intelligence:
- Assad had/has no reason to gas his people because the campaign against jihadist “rebels” is going well;
- The U.S. military knew the “chemical attack” was the result of Assad’s conventional air strike against a jihadist weapons depot in Idlib which contained chemical weapons of chlorine gas and organic phosphates — not sarin gas — which were released into the air from the strike.
The New York Post report continues that on Russia, Trump said he hoped for Putin’s cooperation, but that “I don’t know”:
“We’re not exactly on the same wavelength with Russia, to put it mildly. Putin must see what a barbarian this guy [Assad] is, and it’s a very bad symbol for Russia with this guy gassing children and using barrel bombs.”
About Iran and Obama’s nuclear deal with the regime, Trump said:
“I don’t need more pause about Iran. 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. Iran won’t honor its deal. Instead of saying, ‘Thank you very much for saving our country,’ they’ve been emboldened.”
About North Korea making war noises, Trump said, “I knew I was left a mess, but it’s worse than I thought.”
Trump also said he has not had any recent contact with Obama and that “I’m very disappointed that I was surveilled and so was my campaign. That’s not supposed to be happening, but I’ve been proven right.”
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