Trump Tells Press: “We’re Not Going Into Syria”
Trump Speaks With New York Post
In an interview with Michael Goodwin, President Donald Trump cleared the air about some issues with Syria and his new policies. “We’re not going into Syria,” said Trump. “Our policy is the same—it hasn’t changed. We’re not going into Syria.”
Trump referred to Syria President Bashar al-Assad as a “butcher” and “barbarian” for using sarin gas on his people. The President then said that last week’s successful tomahawk attack was not a campaign to remove the dictator.
Trump’s main concern is still taking out ISIS, but he felt he had to act on Syria.
President Trump’s Tough Decision
The President told the New York Post:
“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. [It was] an act of humanity.”
“It’s very tough to give that final go-ahead when you know you’re talking about human life. We went back and forth, and also back and forth about severity. We could have gone bigger in terms of targets and more of them, but we thought this would be the appropriate first shot. We hope we don’t do any more gassing.”
Trump Speaks On Russia And Putin
Michael Goodwin writes:
“The interview was scheduled to last 15 minutes but ran nearly twice as long. Throughout, the president was gracious, energized and focused. He answered every question and invited me to ask more as aides tried to get him to his next appointment. So I did.”
“How seriously does he take the threats from Russia, and does he think there is still a possibility for cooperation in the region with Vladimir Putin? “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.”