‘This is not a political decision’: Trump defends military actions in Syria

Donald Trump defended the military’s action in Syria by saying the United States should not have attacked the Syrian government, but “we should not go in there and have a military occupation of a country that has been a target of terrorists for years.”

The Republican president also defended his decision to use cruise missiles against the Syrian air base.

“This is a military decision.

It’s not a policy decision,” Trump said.

“We’re not going to be invading a country to get rid of people.”

Trump’s decision to strike the base has been widely criticized by both the White House and Congress, who have raised concerns that the strike was a “humanitarian” intervention.

Trump’s defense of his strike came after the US Senate passed a resolution Monday calling for the president to rescind the strike.

“If it is deemed to be an appropriate use of force, President Trump is entitled to do so,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said in a statement Monday.

“The President’s decision is not based on any new information, but on the president’s decision-making process and, in his opinion, the threat posed by ISIL and its affiliates.”

Trump was also asked on Monday whether the president would continue to call the US-led coalition in Syria a “coalition” after the coalition’s airstrike against ISIL last week.

“It’s not clear to me that that’s the right word, and certainly not the right way to describe it,” Trump replied.

“I’ll say that as soon as I can.

That’s not the way I’d describe it.”

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