President Trump Sparks Social Media Backlash With 'Mission Accomplished' Tweet

AnalysisApril 16 2018 12:01am The TimesDon’t think this will put an end to Assad gassing his people Richard Spencer Middle East Correspondent

AnalysisApril 16 2018 12:01am The TimesDon’t think this will put an end to Assad gassing his people Richard Spencer Middle East Correspondent

'The Syrian raid was so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term "Mission Accomplished,"' Trump tweeted Sunday morning. Could not have had a better result.

Trump's declaration of "mission accomplished" after the Syria strike drew widespread comparisons to the "Mission Accomplished" banner that was hung behind former President George W. Bush shortly after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

President Bush addressed sailors on board a Navy ship in May 2003 alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organised an insurgency that tied down USA forces for years.

The Pentagon said Syria fired 40 surface-to-air missiles, but most were launched after the damage was done.

Russian Federation called an emergency meeting of the United Nation's Security Council to introduce a resolution condemning the "aggression" of the joint strike from U.S., British and French forces.

"To succeed in the long run, we need a comprehensive strategy for Syria and the entire region", Republican Senator John McCain said in a statement after the latest strikes.

Trump's U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, told the session that the president has made it clear that if Assad uses poison gas again, "the United States is locked and loaded".

She added that while the mission in Syria remains defeating the Islamic State, which has seen its grip weaken in the region in recent months, the US will not allow Assad to attack "innocent Syrian people". The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas also was used.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday that France wants to launch a diplomatic initiative over Syria that would include Western powers, Russian Federation and Turkey. While he declared success, the Pentagon said the pummeling of three chemical-related facilities left enough others intact to enable the Assad government to use banned weapons against civilians if it chooses.

The airstrikes, which hit several sites, were a direct response to Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma on April 7. In a US military action a year ago in response to a sarin gas attack, the Pentagon said missiles took out almost 20 per cent of the Syrian air force. What happens next, she said, is up to Assad and to his Russian and Iranian allies.

The U.S. -led operation won broad Western support. And now you know the full story, ' he said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the attack "necessary and appropriate". Nikki Haley on the other hand, the USA ambassador in the United Nations, said that the United States remains, in a direct warning to Assad and his supporters against using chemical weapons.

Assad's presidential Twitter account Saturday appeared to show him unfazed by the military strikes. In fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were planned. Democrats and others denounced Trump's use of the "Mission Accomplished" phrase as odd, incautious and premature.

Russia, a veto-wielding permanent member, is a close ally of Assad.

"We are very confident that we have significantly crippled Assad's ability to deploy these weapons". 'It said to some, well, Bush think the war in Iraq is over, when I didn't think that. The airstrikes, she insisted, also do not represent a change in US policy.

Disputing the Russian military's contention that Syrian air defence units downed 71 allied missiles, McKenzie said no USA or allies missiles were stopped.

"The Geneva Process hasn't worked and it's time to find something new or change it", said one USA official. The World Health Organization said 70 were killed in the attack, with 43 dying from chemical exposure.

British Foreign Secretary (Minister) Boris Johnson defended Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to take part in the attack, saying it was to deter further use of chemical weapons.

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