"Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price to pay. Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK!" President Trump said via Twitter on April 8.
In the series of tweets, Trump urged Obama to “stay out of Syria” and warned that a US attack against Syria is likely to kill civilians and will therefore make the “US look very bad!”
If Obama attacks Syria and innocent civilians are hurt and killed, he and the U.S. will look very bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2013
AGAIN, TO OUR VERY FOOLISH LEADER, DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA — IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN & FROM THAT FIGHT THE U.S. GETS NOTHING!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2013
His recent comments on the US’ Syria policy starkly contrast with the above tweets, indicating that Trump is yielding to pressure from the increasingly hawkish US administration.
Trump ordered an attack on an airbase used by the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) almost exactly one year ago, after a chemical attack in northwestern was quickly blamed on President Assad, despite there being absolutely no material evidence tying Assad’s forces to the attack.
Last month, Trump was attempting to facilitate a US exit from Syria, but has seemingly been pressured or persuaded to keep US troops in Syria for at least the next few months.