President Donald Trump made it clear Tuesday evening that he no plans to stage a wide invasion and nation-building experiment in Syria.
Trump’s air strikes on some Syrian government targets was criticized by his base, which largely consists of anti-establishment right-leaning non-interventionists. But Trump adviser Roger Stone claimed that Trump was not planning a bigger war in Syria. On Tuesday, Trump finally confirmed that he’s not going to engage in another potential Iraq War.
“We’re not going into Syria,” Trump told Maria Bartiromo during an exclusive interview on FOX Business. “But when I see people using horrible, horrible chemical weapons… and see these beautiful kids that are dead in their father’s arms, or you see kids gasping for life … when you see that, I immediately called General Mattis.”
Trump’s “America First” foreign policy, spelled out during his campaign, is largely predicated on an unwillingness to build the rest of the world before building the United States. Isolated military strike notwithstanding, it appears that Trump is staying true to his word.