After the chemical attack used on Civilians in Syria President Trump is under increasing pressure to attack. This presents a complicated turn of events though as Russia has active military jets stationed in Syria, essentially, under regime control.
Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, both Republicans, called for Trump to quickly take military action, insisting in a joint statement that Assad “must pay a punitive cost for this horrific attack.”
Democrats, however, urged caution, demanding that Trump ask Congress for permission before making any military moves. And former U.S. officials warned that limited military action may not deter Assad for long — and could lead to an ugly, escalating imbroglio if any Russians or Iranians backing him are killed.
For Trump, the Syria dilemma is compounded by the fact that he repeatedly pledged in the past not to over-extend the United States overseas, even as he promised to make the U.S. stronger and more feared than it is now.
“I think what happened in Syria is a disgrace to humanity,” Trump told reporters Thursday. He said of Assad, “I guess he’s running things, so I guess something should happen.”