Trump gets a boost in approval ratings after Syria strike
Ronald Pratt | April 11, 2017, 5:53
Tillerson's visit to Europe has been overshadowed from the start by President Donald Trump's decision to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for using chemical weapons by launching cruise missiles at a Syrian air base.
How Americans view President Trump overall is also still largely divided on party lines.
Joining Trump at the president's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, Tillerson was supposed to focus on the informal summit with Xi.
Former Obama administration officials are pushing back against criticism of the former president, saying they proposed similar airstrikes in Syria to the ones President Trump ordered this week, but were stymied by a Republican-controlled Congress reluctant to go along with the Democratic president's plan.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford says the agreement to prevent chemical weapons use in Syria failed because Russian Federation didn't keep their end of the bargain.
The official said the presence of the surveillance drone over the hospital couldn't have been a coincidence, and that Russian Federation must have known the chemical weapons attack was coming and that victims were seeking treatment.
The Syrian military admitted significant material damage but a Russian defence ministry spokesman said only six Syrian Air Force MiG-23s, plus a number of buildings, were destroyed and that only 23 of the missiles had reached Shayrat. "It's time to try to deter Assad from using chemical weapons, so I think that's a good step".
President Trump should declare "no-fly" zones over territories the Assad government doesn't control.
This policy seems so at odds with everything else the administration is saying - all officials, including Spicer, have suggested the U.S. doesn't intend to topple Assad by force - that it's hard to believe Spicer meant what he said.
As with trade, abortion, the border wall, and healthcare, Trump has taken myriad different positions on Syria.
Striking North Korea, one official admitted on condition of anonymity, would be a much more fraught piece of business.
Abe is proud of his close relationship with the US leader, but instead of expressing innocuous support he should try to convince Trump of the importance for the United States to tackle problems in cooperation with the worldwide community.
Ford pointed out that Assad was feeling pressure at one point.
He also said the U.S.
US officials blame Moscow for propping up Assad.
"They murdered innocents: women, babies, children", he told a reporter after exiting a Staten Island courthouse.
"The Russians and the Iranians have said they will meet force if there is another attack", Rose said.
However, whether you supported it or not, it was clear what Obama's foreign policy constituted: The use of soft power and unilateralism, the belief in global institutions and the rule of worldwide law, a commitment to ending the war in Iraq, and a reticence to put troops on the ground in new conflicts, or escalate current tensions (including in Syria). President Barack Obama drew heavy criticism from many important Republicans and the worldwide community for his inaction on Syria back in 2013.
Mr. Trump "could not be more proud of [their] crews... and their flawless execution of the operation", according to the White House.
Thursday night's strikes - some 60 cruise missiles fired from two ships in the Mediterranean - were the culmination of a rapid, three-day transformation for Trump, who has long opposed deeper US involvement in Syria's civil war.
No matter how the United States got to its first assault against the Assad government, what Trump does next is key, said Frederic C. Hof, director of the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.