WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump defended on Sunday his use of the term “mission accomplished” following the attack using 105 missiles against three of the Syrian regime’s chemical-related facilities.
“The Syrian raid was so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term ‘Mission Accomplished,’” he tweeted Sunday morning in response by media criticism. “I knew they would seize on this but felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back. Use often!”
On Saturday, Trump praised Friday’s Syrian attack by US, French and British forces in response to the Assad regime’s alleged chemical attack on civilians in the town of Douma, on the outskirts of Damascus.
“A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military,” the president tweeted on Saturday. “Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!”
The tweet sparked controversy due to the fact that Pentagon authorities, as well as Syrian insiders, admitted that the operation merely limits the Assad regime’s ability to use chemical weapons in the future.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, said in a Saturday press conference that there is still a “residual element” of Assad’s chemical program, adding that, while the regime’s ability to conduct a chemical attack in the future has not been eliminated, “they’ll think long and hard about it.”