As President Trump was wrapping up his dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago – a hearty menu that included pan-seared Dover sole and dry-aged New York strip steak, paired with California wines – he delivered the news: The U.S. had launched strikes on Syria.
By this point, the first of 59 missiles already had started to rain down on the Assad airbase alleged to have been used to carry out this week’s deadly chemical attack. Planning for a U.S. response had been underway since Tuesday – but the final decision to order missile strikes, and the military’s execution of that directive, took place over the course of just a few hours Thursday evening.
The timeline of the president’s decision-making and the mission itself was detailed late Friday by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and other U.S. officials. The president’s top spokesman described the course of events as a “72-hour evolution” that involved “updates and options and refinements” before a final decision.
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“He’s not going to telegraph his next move,” Spicer cautioned, but described Thursday’s actions as carefully planned, decisive and “justified.”
According to Spicer and other officials, the timeline played out as follows:
Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. ET: Trump was informed during his daily briefing about the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria. Trump asked his team for more information. The team developed “initial” options.
Tuesday at 8 p.m.: Preliminary options were “presented and refined.”
Wednesday morning: Another “restricted principals meeting” was held where options were further reviewed and refined.
Wednesday at 3 p.m.: Trump was briefed on updated options at a national security meeting. He reviewed them, asked questions, and requested more information – including options for strikes on Syria.
Thursday at 1:30 p.m.: En route to Florida, Trump convened his national security team aboard Air Force One.
Thursday at 4 p.m.: Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and others met in a secure room in Palm Beach. The president “gave the okay” to move ahead. This decision was made at about 4:30 p.m.
Thursday at 7:40 p.m.: Navy destroyers in the Mediterranean launched Tomahawk missiles into Syria.
Thursday at 8:30 p.m.: Foreign leaders and congressional leaders started to be notified. Around that time, the first missiles were hitting. Trump informed President Xi as their dinner was ending. According to Spicer, all 59 missiles “hit their target.” After dinner, Trump held a secure call with the Joint Chiefs.
“He asked about reaction from the world community as well as congressional leaders and was informed that there was fairly unanimous praise for the decision and the actions the president took,” Spicer said.
Trump mostly has won bipartisan praise on Capitol Hill for the response, though some have warned that he must seek congressional authorization going forward. The strikes also fueled a fiery U.N. Security Council session on Friday, where Syria’s allies condemned the action.
The strikes took some by surprise, considering Trump’s past criticism of intervention in Syria. Spicer, and the president himself, say he was moved by the horrific images of victims of this week’s chemical attack.
“It was very disturbing and tragic and moving to him,” Spicer said.
The bold and ugly decree of another Merkel, on the world stage of inhumane Globalist tyrants. Hillary would have opened up the floodgates for a full Trojan Horse invasion of America.
HIllary would have turned Syria into the next Libya. Hopefully Syria can become more like Egypt, now, and we can defeat ISIS in the Region.
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Clinton Tells Trump How To Handle ISIS And Syria Problems She Created – Import Everybody
It didn’t take long for the Democrat vultures to start circling, and, just as I predicted yesterday, to attempt to manipulate President Trump and our foreign policy based upon their typical disingenuous claims about the strikeon Syria.
The biggest, baddest, most hideous vulture of them all, Hillary Clinton, made her comments at a luncheon in Houston, in which she was burying her beak into some road kill provided by Annie’s list. That’s a sexist group attempting to get Democrat trash that identifies as female, elected to positions of exploitation and abuse in Texas and federal government.
The witch who destroyed Libya, and also added the creation of ISIS and the destruction of Iraq and Syria to her list of accomplishments as Obama’s Secretary of State, didn’t identify herself as responsible when she said, “Look, Syria’s been a wicked problem for a very long time. We get it Hillary, wicked and witch, you kind of did claim credit after all, for those who were paying attention.
She’s in full campaign mode as she talks about the child victims of “that most recent gas attack,” where the ISIS terrorists she created have either released the chemical agents themselves or been engaged in the conflict in which they were released. She describes how the images were more appalling than she can put into words. But since she’s campaigning and there’s some hay to be made and the Teleprompter’s loaded up, she’ll go ahead and try.
Clinton said, “It is essential that the world does more to deter Assad from committing future murderous atrocities. But the action taken last night needs to be followed by a broader strategy to end Syria’s civil war and to eliminate ISIS strongholds on both sides of the border.”
The shameless pandering continues with her saying, “So I hope this administration will move forward in a way that is both strategic and consistent with our values, and I also hope that they will recognize that we cannot in one breath speak of protecting Syrian babies and in the next close America’s doors to them.”
Yes we can, Clinton, in fact, that’s what the missile attack was apparently intended to do, eliminate the motivation for people to flee Syria by sending a message to Assad. There’s no refugees if they don’t flee or just leave seeking to improve their economic situation. Under Democrat rules either is enough for American taxpayers to import and support them with misappropriated treasury funds. If they don’t come, as in stay in Syria, we don’t pay now and we don’t pay later when, no longer children, they do as their Islamist parents taught them during their radicalization, turning on their most generous and foolish host nation.
And yes Mrs. Clinton, there are ISIS strongholds in Syria, the group that didn’t exist until Obama – Clinton and later Obama – Kerry destroyed the stability in the Middle East. If you weren’t such a hypocrite you’d be ashamed, too ashamed to raise the issue. But hypocrisy is what makes a Democrat, so you do and your equally shameless audience will continue to applaud, ignore the facts, and your culpability.
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