Although most of his aides are saying that Trump’s Syria policy is confusing and some in congress wanting to go to war; President Trump recently told New York Post’s Michael Goodwin the absolute truth:
“We’re not going into Syria. Our policy is the same – it hasn’t changed. We’re not going into Syria.”
Goodwin had his exclusive interview via phone on Tuesday. During the call, Trump called Syrian President al-Assad words like “butcher” and “barbarian” because of his attacks which used a chemical called Sarin gas. But even with Trump’s anger at al-Assad for killing young children, he still stands saying the missile strikes were not an aim to overthrow Assad:
“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.”
Goodwin then asked Trump if he found the decision to strike Syria difficult knowing what it could cost. His response was slightly eye-opening:
“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.”
Trump’s hope is that the strike scares al-Assad from performing any more “gassing” or using of chemical weapons.
Goodwin recaps the interview saying, “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.”
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Credit: New York Post