JUST IN: Trump Makes MAJOR Announcement About Syria

JUST IN: Trump Makes MAJOR Announcement About Syria

Between the chemical attack on innocent civilians in Syria and Donald Trump’s decision to bomb a Syrian airfield in retaliation, all eyes have been on the Middle East. What will happen next? There has been speculation that Trump’s next move will be to put boots on the ground and Trump has finally spoken up to address those rumors.

Trump was interviewed by the “New York Post” and confirmed that the United States would not conduct a full-scale invasion of Syria. He still had harsh words for Bashar al-Assad, though, calling him a “butcher” and a “barbarian” after it came to light that Sarin gas was used against his own people. Still, he confirmed that Syria is not his first priority.

“Our big mission is getting rid of ISIS,” he said. “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.” The missile strikes took out an airfield in Syria and according to the Pentagon, were “intended to deter the regime from using chemical weapons again.”

Trump also confirmed that he personally ordered the airstrikes and said it was “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,” he explained.

Russia and Iran have continued to stand with Syria, despite the chemical attack and warned in a joint statement that they will “respond with force” if the United States crosses their own “red line” in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin also will not be meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when he is in Moscow this week.

A recent Gallup poll found that Americans did not support the airstrikes in Syria as much as they supported prior military action, such as the invasion of Iraq. They do, however, support military action in both Iraq and Syria if it will mean defeating ISIS.

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