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(NEW YORK) At the very moment when the world was discovering with horror the atrocities of the chemical weapons attack in Syria, Donald Trump was once again a champion of “America first” in front of a group of workers construction.
“I am not, and I do not want to be the president of the world. I am the President of the United States, and it will now be America first, “he said on Tuesday morning with a burst of applause.
The next day, after seeing the images of the innocent victims of Khan Cheikhoun, Donald Trump seemed to understand that his role was not limited to helping the Americans find employment and protecting them from external threats. As president of the United States, he also had to react to what he himself described as “odious acts” and “an affront to humanity” that “can not be tolerated.” But react how?
Donald Trump provided his response Thursday night by giving the green light to the first American strikes against the Bashar al-Assad regime in six years of civil war in Syria. This is a major turnaround on the part of a president who wanted to reduce the US military role in the Middle East by limiting it to fighting terrorists of the armed Islamic group.
Now, this same president, unpopular in his country, has set himself the task of punishing a foreign leader for his inhuman treatment of his own population.
The intention may be noble, but it moves away from the nationalist or isolationist philosophy that is at the origin of the slogan “America First”, a philosophy in which many voters believe Donald Trump.
The launch of Tomahawk missiles that hit a Syrian base marks another major turnaround by President Trump and his administration. A few days ago, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in Turkey that Assad’s departure was no longer Washington’s priority.
“The fate of President Assad in the long term will be decided by the Syrian people,” Tillerson said.
Accused of a dangerous laxity towards Bashar al-Assad, the head of the American diplomacy turned around on Thursday.
“Assad’s role in the future is uncertain and with the acts he has committed, it would seem that he has no role in governing the Syrian people,” he said in a statement In Florida.
“These steps are underway,” he added, referring to the diplomatic efforts of the international community to dislodge Assad.
Donald Trump also abandoned the idea that Bashar al-Assad could be a useful, if not acceptable, partner in the fight against IA. On Wednesday he first confessed that his opinion of the Syrian president had “changed a lot” as a result of the sarin gas attack that killed more than 80 people at Khan Sheikhoun.
And on Thursday he gave a reply to a journalist who asked him if he was now in favor of a regime change in Damascus: “I think what Assad has done is terrible. I think what happened in Syria is a shame for humanity. He’s there, and I guess he handles things, so something should happen. ”
Something happened on Thursday. How will that end?
US strikes may be limited to the Shayrat air base, which is associated with the Syrian chemical weapons program. The scope of American reprisals would then be symbolic.
But Donald Trump may have hired the United States in a military gear whose end is uncertain, in a country where Iran and Russia are also present. He was frightened in 2013 when he urged Barack Obama not to reply militarily to the sarin gas massacre in a Damascus rebel area.
“Syria is NOT our problem,” Citizen Trump wrote in a chirping. “Obama needs to focus on OUR COUNTRY,” he added in another tweet in which he urged the 44 th president to “enhance the greatness of America.”
In his first reactions to the latest sarin gas attack in Syria, President Trump referred to the “red line” that his predecessor had promised to enforce if the Assad regime used the chemical weapon against its population. According to him, Barack Obama missed “a great opportunity” to settle the Syrian conflict by renouncing military reprisals.
Obviously, Donald Trump did not remember his chirping of 2013 by criticizing Barack Obama. But he set his own lines on Wednesday.
“When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, babies, little babies, with a chemical gas so deadly … it crosses many, many lines beyond a red line, “He said.
Regardless of his slogan “America First”, Donald Trump concluded that he could not afford not to uphold his “lines”.