Trump Says He Ordered Syria Missile Attack After Seeing Dead Children
U.S. President Donald Trump said he ordered missile strikes against a military base in Syria after he saw dead children in the arms of their father.
Speaking to Maria Bartirmo during an exclusive interview on Fox Business to be aired on Wednesday (April 12), Trump said former president Barack Obama’s administration should have launched the attack.
“We’re not going into Syria,” Trump said. “But when I see people using horrible, horrible chemical weapons… and see these beautiful kids that are dead in their father's arms, or you see kids gasping for life … when you see that, I immediately called General Mattis.”
“What I did should have been done by the Obama administration a long time before I did it,” Trump added. “I think Syria would be a lot better off right now than it has been.”
President Donald Trump ordered the cruise missile strike on Syria's Shayrat air base last week in response to what Washington and its allies say was a poison gas attack by Syria's military in which scores of civilians died.
White House Spokesman Sean Spicer said on Monday (April 10) that Trump is open to authorizing additional strikes on Syria if the use of chemical weapons continues in the country.
It was the first time Washington has directly targeted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government in six years of civil war, and has pushed Trump's administration into proclaiming that Washington still wants Assad eventually removed from power.