U.S. President Donald Trump is shown in an official White House handout image meeting with his National Security team and being briefed by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford via secure video teleconference after a missile strike on Syria while... REUTERS
Peter Apps, Reuters: Is Syria strike the beginning of a ‘Trump doctrine’?
When President Donald Trump took office less than three months ago, few would have predicted that he would find himself so quickly launching military strikes against Syria. Since January, his administration has been quietly reducing support for Syria’s rebels, seemingly opening the door for an eventual settlement that might leave Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in charge.
None of that was necessarily changed by Thursday night’s missile strikes against the air base believed responsible for a suspected nerve gas attack barely 72 hours earlier. In taking such aggressive action so quickly, however, Trump has sent what he sees as a strong, robust message of U.S. resolve – not just to Damascus but also other potential U.S. opponents including Russia, China and most particularly North Korea.
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WNU Editor: There is no "Trump Doctrine". Like former President Obama .... everything is just a work in progress.
Update: Yup .... speaking of doctrines, this sums up the current White House policy on Syria .... Trump floats five Syria policies in 10 days (The Guardian).