President Donald Trump defends 'Mission Accomplished' claim

Erika Holt
April 16, 2018

"It is such a great Military term, it should be brought back", he wrote. Democrats and others denounced Trump's use of the "Mission Accomplished" phrase as odd, incautious and premature.

"A perfectly executed strike last night", Trump said in a Twitter message.

President George W. Bush spoke aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, with a giant "Mission Accomplished" banner over his shoulders, just two months into the Iraq War.

"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, '" the president wrote.

The Pentagon said Syria fired 40 surface-to-air missiles, but most were launched after the damage was done.

A banner proclaiming "Mission Accomplished" loomed in the background as Bush declared the end of major combat operations in Iraq, a claim belied by the years of hard fighting that followed. Instead, a coordinated and prolonged campaign to militarily destroy ISIS has been the focus of the US intervention, and Trump has vowed to withdraw the USA from the conflict once this has been achieved; to the dismay of many of his military advisors.

The US, Britain and France sought to shore up global support on Saturday after overnight strikes on Bashar al-Assad's regime as punishment for an apparent chemical weapons attack, and as deterrence against future attacks.

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Syria and Russian Federation have both denied using chemical weapons and said the claims were fabrications used to justify Western military action.

The nighttime Syria assault was carefully limited to minimize civilian casualties and avoid direct conflict with Syria's key ally, Russia, but confusion arose over the extent to which Washington warned Moscow in advance. Mattis said that no follow-up strikes are planned, adding that the Pentagon was careful to ensure the safety of Russian and Syrian civilians nearby. "I believe that we took the heart of it out with the attacks. But..." The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas also was used. "Use often!" U.S. military officials said the air strikes took out "the heart" of Syria's chemical weapons facilities, but it remained to be seen how Syria would respond.

The president responded to the outrage early on Sunday morning.

But White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders insisted Sunday that the strike was a success.

British Foreign Secretary (Minister) Boris Johnson defended Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to take part in the attack, saying it was to deter further use of chemical weapons.

The U.S. -led operation won broad Western support.

In his televised address from the White House on Friday, Trump said the USA was prepared to keep up the economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Assad until he ends a pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.

Haley appeared on "Fox News Sunday" and CBS' "Face the Nation". The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity.

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