Donald Trump in 2013: “I would not go into Syria”

During the tenure of US President Barack Obama, Trump called upon him not to attack Syria and claimed that the US can only lose from military involvement. However, after yesterday’s chemical attack that claimed over 100 lives, Trump contradicted that statement.
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US President Donald Trump reacted strongly to the chemical attack yesterday in Syria and as reported previously on JOL, he blamed his predecessor for the crisis. However, upon an investigation into his Twitter account, one can find statements voicing a very different sentiment. In 2013, he called upon Obama not to get involved in Syria.

In 2013, Obama called upon the US Congress to approve military action in Syria but eventually, Assad agreed to destroy his stockpile of chemical weapons and the military action was cancelled. Trump responded to this development with a series of tweets: “We should stay the hell out of Syria. The rebels are just as bad as the current regime. What will we get for our lives and billions? Zero.”

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In August of that same year, he responded to a reporter who asked a question about the issue and wrote to him: “No dopey, I would not go into Syria but if I did it would be a surprise and not blurted all over the media like fools.” Later on that month, he wrote: “What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs congressional approval.”

On September 1, after his predecessor reached a compromise agreement with Assad, Trump actually praised him: “President Obama’s weakness and indecision may have saved us from doing a horrible and very costly attack on Syria.” A day later, he added: “If the US attacks Syria and hits the wrong targets, killing civilians, there will be worldwide hell to pay. Stay away and fix broken US.”

That same month, he proclaimed: “Again, to our very foolish leader, do not attack Syria. If you do, very many bad things will happen and from that fight, the US gets nothing.”  He added: “The only reason President Obama wants to attack Syria is to save face over his very dumb red line statement. Do not attack Syria. Fix USA.”

However, last night, President Trump proclaimed: “These heinous actions by the Bashar Al Assad regime are a consequence of the last administration’s weakness and irresolution. President Obama stated in 2012 that he would establish a red line against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing.”

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