Donald Trump has mentioned he’s not sending US troops to Syria to combat the federal government of President Bashar al-Assad, insisting that defeating ISIS stays Washington’s primary precedence.
“We’re not going into Syria. Our policy is the same — it hasn’t changed” Trump instructed Fox News.
“Are we going to get involved in Syria? No,” Trump mentioned throughout an interview on FOX Business.
“But if I see them using gas…. when you drop gas or bombs or barrel bombs — massive barrels with dynamite — and drop it right in the middle of a group of people … you see kids with no arms, no legs, no face. This [Syrian President Bashar Assad] is an animal,” he added.
The hashtag “Assad is an animal” has been trending on social media networks worldwide since Trump’s remark.
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“Our big mission is getting rid of ISIS (ISIL),” Trump mentioned. “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 (Assad) and hit him hard.”
Claiming that the US assault was “an act of humanity,” Trump mentioned he mirrored lots on the severity of the strike and got here to the conclusion that “this would be the appropriate first shot.”
The new Republican president then targeted on Russia, which has been working an aerial marketing campaign in opposition to terrorist positions throughout Syria in coordination with Damascus.
“We’re not exactly on the same wavelength with Russia, to put it mildly,” Trump mentioned, asking Russian President Vladimir Putin to rethink his ties with Assad.
The West has been pressuring Russia to withdraw its assist for Syria. Both the UK and the US have proposed extra sanctions in opposition to Putin’s authorities in case the assist continues.
Russia, nevertheless, has condemned the US assault, warning that Washington was making the identical errors it made earlier than invading Iraq in 2003.
Putin mentioned afterwards that the strike had severely damage the Russo-American ties.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov instructed his visiting American counterpart Rex Tillerson in Moscow on Wednesday that the US ought to by no means repeat the “unlawful attack against Syria.”