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Trump Supporters Decry Interventionist Syrian Airstrikes

April 15, 2018 by Gail Nussbaum in Politics

Calling the President Donald Bush and other uncomplimentary labels, some of Trump’s staunchest supporters expressed anger and disappointment at his weekend airstrikes on Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

Trump’s call for “precision” airstrikes was in response to a chemical weapons attack on civilians last week strongly suspected to be the responsibility of the Syrian regime.

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle flies over northern Iraq early in the morning of Sept. 23, 2014, after conducting airstrikes in Syria. This F-15 was a part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/Released)

Trump supporters, such as conservative author and radio host Michael Savage said the strikes were reactionary, not-needed, and even “Clinton-esque.”

“We lost. War machine bombs Syria. No evidence Assad did it. Sad warmongers hijacking our nation,” Savage tweeted. He also posted a video condemning Trump’s airstrike.

The subset of Trump supporters most ruffled by the attack on Syria are those of the “America First” persuasion. They say getting involved in Syria is counter to promises Trump made during his campaign, undermining his assurance that he would take the US out of global conflicts.

Conservative author and one-time loyal Trump supporter Mike Cernovich, called the President Donald Bush in a tweet.
“Congratulations to the Trump administration for adopting the same failed foreign policy and ignoring of the constitution as the last two administrations,” tweeted Doug Stafford, a strategist for Sen. Rand Paul’s RANDPAC.

Ann Coulter, conservative author, used evidence from Trump’s own tweet-feed to prove that he has betrayed his friends by back-tracking on his promises. Trump said before he ran for president that former President Barack Obama would be making a grave mistake to take any action at all in Syria.

Trump has changed his mind several times concerning his attitude towards Syria, including a recent statement saying he would like to see the US withdraw from the Syrian conflict, the sooner the better. But then word came of the horrifying chemical attack allegedly perpetrated by Assad’s government on his own citizens last weekend. Trump was outraged enough to call for a precision retaliation against Syria, severely disappointing some of his followers.

“After Trump’s first year we have: 1.3 trillion omnibus, no wall, war in Syria. Is Clinton secretly President?” wrote Lucian B. Wintrich, the D.C. bureau chief and White House correspondent for Gateway Pundit.

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About Gail Nussbaum

Gail Nussbaum has been involved in politics and diplomacy for over 15 years. Her interest in foreign relations, economics and budget policy has led her to her position as fiscal policy writer at Left Justified. Gail can be contacted at gailnussbaum(at)leftjustified.com.

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