Donald Trump defends use of 'mission accomplished' phrase for Syria strike

Donald Trump defends use of 'mission accomplished' phrase for Syria strike

"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, '" he wrote.

"Last year, the focus was on the delivery", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Saturday.

Trump earlier this month had reluctantly agreed to keep USA troops in Syria for an undetermined period of time to defeat ISIS.

In a Twitter post on Sunday, Trump also commented on United States media reports that it is still premature to declare "Mission Accomplished" as he did in a post the previous day. The stated objective of America's military presence in Syria remains the defeat of the Islamic State.

McKenzie admitted the strike did not wipe out all of the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capabilities.

"Air strikes disconnected from a broader strategy may be necessary, but they alone will not achieve USA objectives in the Middle East", said McCain, who a year ago called for more aggressive action that would cripple Assad's military.

Two sites were targeted west of Homs and one site was targeted in Damascus.

Assad's presidential Twitter account Saturday appeared to show him unfazed by the military strikes. While he declared success, the Pentagon said the pummeling of three chemical-related facilities left enough others intact to enable the Assad government to use banned weapons against civilians if it chooses. The U.N. Security Council met to debate the strikes, but rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the three Western allies. In a US army motion a 12 months in the past in response to a sarin gasoline assault, the Pentagon mentioned missiles took out practically 20 p.c of the Syrian air drive.

Haley said the joint military strike "put a heavy blow into their chemical weapons program, setting them back years" and reiterated that if Assad uses poison gas again, "the United States is locked and loaded".

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

U.S. President Donald Trump announces military strikes on Syria while delivering a statement from the White House in Washington, U.S., April 13, 2018. The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-Normal Jens Stoltenberg mentioned in Brussels that the assault was about guaranteeing that chemical weapons can't be used with impunity.

Vice-President Mike Pence, in Peru for a meeting of regional leaders, said "there will be a price to pay" involving military force if Syrian chemical weapons are used again.

"We, of course, know our work in Syria is not done", USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on "Fox News Sunday". In fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were planned. What occurs subsequent, she mentioned, is as much as Assad and to his Russian and Iranian allies.

White stood by Trump's assessment of "mission accomplished".