President Trump has significantly strayed form the typical to be straying from his “America first” campaign talk after his series of surprise military moves regarding Syria, Afghanistan as well as Asian Pacific throughout the last month.
His administration has become increasingly inputting their involvement regarding conflicts that he once stated the United States should try to avoid, and has given more power to military leaders.
The actions taken in recent months- including such strikes on a Syrian airfield as a response to their recent chemical weapon attack- is coing as the Trump administration begins to shape its strategies involving the military and national security.
During the very first presidential debate against Hilary Clinton, then nominee-Trump stated that the US “cannot be the world’s policeman.”
Shortly following the election, in a North Carolina event, he stated that America “will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn’t be involved with.”
During the inauguration speech last January, President Trump hinted that the U.S. may withdraw from global stages as he said: “We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone.”
“We’ve defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own and spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay,” said Trump.
Trump appeared to backtrack from this position after being confronted with Bashar Azzad’s alleged attack in Syria that saw the deaths of civilians.
The president added that the shocking decision was prompted by that attack and the photos and videos of children suffering:
“I now have responsibility. And I will have that responsibility and carry it very proudly, I will tell you that. It is now my responsibility,” stated Trump at a White House press conference one day prior to the strike’s authorization.