President Trump has defended his 'Mission Accomplished' Tweet (Picture: US Department of Defense).

President Trump has defended his 'Mission Accomplished' Tweet (Picture: US Department of Defense).

US President Donald Trump has defended his 'Mission Accomplished' Tweet following an attack on three sites in Syria linked with the Assad-regime.

The President said "it is such a great military term, it should be brought back", just 24 hours after he stated in a previous Tweet that the attack was "Mission Accomplished!".

 

President Trump's Tweets on the phrase "mission accomplished"

Mr Trump said that the only way the "Fake News Media" could "demean" the attack on Syria was by the use of the term "mission accomplished".

He finished the Tweet with "use it often". 

While he declared success, the Pentagon said the bombing of three sites in Syria, suspected to be chemical-related facilities, does not mean there are not other sites which will enable Syrian President, Bashar Assad, to use banned weapons against civilians if he chooses to.

President Trump has been in the White House since January 2017 (Picture: PA).
President Trump has been in the White House since January 2017 (Picture: PA).

President Trump's use of the phrase "mission accomplished" echoed a similar claim associated with President George W Bush following the US-led invasion of Iraq.

President Bush addressed sailors aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in May 2003, alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner.

Some weeks before, it became apparent that Iraqis had organised an insurgency that tied down US forces for years.

The Strike On Syria

The attack by the US, UK and France was conducted in response to an alleged chemical attack on the town of Douma, eastern Ghouta, by Assad.

The nighttime assault was carefully chosen to minimise civilian casualties and to avoid direct conflict with Syria's key ally, Russia.

However, there was confusion over the extent to which Washington warned Moscow in advance.

The US said they gave no explicit warning.

John Huntsman, US ambassador, said in a video:

"Before we took action, the United States communicated with" Russia to "reduce the danger of any Russian or civilian casualties".

105 weapons were launched by the allies on three different targets.

Four Tornado GR4s flew from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, firing eight Storm Shadow missiles at a target 15 miles west of Homs.

The Ministry of Defence declared it a "successful attack" after Prime Minister Theresa May said they were left with "no practicable alternative".

President Trump said in a Tweet that the strike "could not have had a better result".

French President, Emmanuel Macron, said:

"We cannot tolerate the trivialisation of the use of chemical weapons, which represent an immediate danger for the Syrian people and for our collective security."

Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the strikes as an "act of aggression" that will exacerbate Syria's humanitarian catastrophe.