If the Democrats were hoping to hammer President Donald Trump over getting us back involved in the Middle East — and they seemed to be licking their chops over the prospect — the president had bad news for them.
In an interview with the New York Post this week, Trump said he doesn’t plan to put U.S. forces on the ground in Syria, despite last week’s missile strike. He also reaffirmed that his administration’s main goal in the war-torn country was stopping the Islamic State group.
“We’re not going into Syria,” Trump told the Post’s Michael Goodwin. “Our policy is the same — it hasn’t changed. We’re not going into Syria.
“Our big mission is getting rid of ISIS,” Trump added. “That’s where it’s always been. But when you see kids choking to death, you watch their lungs burning out, we had to hit him and hit him hard.”
Even though Trump called last week’s strike on Syria’s Shayrat air base “an act of humanity,” he said it was difficult to authorize.
“It’s very tough to give that final go-ahead when you know you’re talking about human life,” Trump said. “We went back and forth, and also back and forth about severity. We could have gone bigger in terms of targets and more of them, but we thought this would be the appropriate first shot.”