In dramatic reversal, Trump bombs Syria

A retaliation for a brutal chemical weapons attack.

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, with their wives, first lady Melania Trump and Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan are seated during a dinner at Mar-a-Lago, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Palm Beach, Fla. CREDIT: AP Photo/Alex Brandon
President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, with their wives, first lady Melania Trump and Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan are seated during a dinner at Mar-a-Lago, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Palm Beach, Fla. CREDIT: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

On Thursday night, the U.S. military fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at an airbase in Syria. The bombings come two days after Bashar al-Assad’s forces used chemical weapons to kill more than 80 civilians.

The actions represent a dramatic reversal from Trump’s position when Obama considered military action against Syria after Assad used chemical weapons in 2013. Trump repeatedly derided the idea of striking Syria, characterizing it as a foolish and expensive waste of time.

Trump made the decision without Congressional approval from his private club in Florida, Mar-a-lago. In comments to reporters at the club Trump characterized his actions as a moral imperative.

Trump’s full remarks were not televised live due to technical restrictions at Mar-a-lago.

As part of his immigration policy, Trump has sought to end resettlement of refugees from Syria in the United States.