As recent as last Wednesday during a press conference on the White House lawn, when President Trump was asked about his long-term goals against the Assad regime after their chemical attack against innocent civilians, he said he wouldn't tell the press about his next move. He was quite adamant about it, saying "I'm certainly not going to tell you," which would suggest that he already knows what he's going to do and refuses to say or that he really doesn't know himself.

Trump's hatred of the press has been clear since his presidential campaign and well into his presidency.

But what hasn't been clear are his policies. Especially through diplomatic engagement with other countries he feels do not pay their fair share for security. Blasting News reported on the administration's effort to weaken the State Department which traditionally presents U.S. policy and agenda to everyone else. Until recently, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has not been willing to articulate that.

Trump's 'changing' view on Syria

Media outlets have reported on Trump's vague approach to international and domestic issues. Their response to his attack on a Syrian airfield after his display of outrage on the White House lawn, makes it appropriate for them to suggest that he's changed his mind about Syria.

Prior to this, when reports circulated on the chemical attacks, the immediate response from the administration via Rex Tillerson and U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, was that the Syrians were on their own and would have to pursue their own change in the government.

This would suggest that Trump's view of Syria was the same as it was when Obama was in office when he used Twitter to attack his actions – or lack thereof as he saw it – which, was to do nothing at all.

Blasting News wrote about the moment when Trump found himself in the same position as Obama when faced with Syria. During his criticism against Obama, Syrian refugees were coming into Europe trying to escape the Assad regime which he was also critical of, even going after politicians who were taking in refugees such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and contributing to the rise of anti-immigrant right-wing populism throughout the region and in America.

Another 'do nothing' president?

This, however, appears to still be the case as in a brief interview on This Week with George Stephanopolous, Tillerson said that their view on Syria had not changed. Even with this -- echoing Nikki Haley's position, he called for Russia to “fulfill their commitment” and for Assad to not use chemical weapons. With more details about the destruction caused by the military strikes, it would appear that the U.S. was sending a message rather than trying to disable Assad's capability to conduct more strikes. On Friday, it was reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights – the same source that reported 6-7 people had been killed on the Syrian airfield -- reported that two jets took off from the same Syrian airfield the U.S.


When the airbase was first hit, there were discussions from some experts as to how Syria or even Russia would respond saying that the Assad regime could retaliate by targeting rebel forces supported by the U.S. on the ground. It was reported that jets did end up conducting air strikes against rebel forces nearby, while other reports say they attacked ISIS-controlled areas. It was also suggested that Russia might go after forces supported by the U.S. but thus far, they've only suspended an agreement that prevents them from colliding with American jets and have reportedly sent an armed frigate to the Mediterranean. Even more, Trump was asked about why they didn't hit the places where chemical weapons were likely stored on the airbase, but also, why they didn't target the airstrip to prevent jets from flying out. To this, he said that the Assad regime would easily repair them and continue to target civilians, which they've continued to do.