Trump Defends 'Mission Accomplished' Tweet Following Air Strike On Syria
US President Donald Trump has defended his 'Mission Accomplished' Tweet following an attack on three Assad-regime sites in Syria.
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!".
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.” I knew they would seize on this but felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back. Use often!
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'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.