Charles Krauthammer agrees with President Trump’s decision to launch 59 missiles targeting a Syrian air base in response to the recent chemical weapons attack on civilians.
He said it was “extremely important” for Trump to show Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, his allies Russia and Iran, and anyone else watching around the world that the Trump administration will not be reluctant to show strength.
“The world had looked at this area and seen the profound abdication for eight years, where the United States had disappeared,” Krauthammer said. “America is back, and it is liable to react. … That, I think, is going to change a lot in the world from a single response like this.”
Krauthammer pointed out that Trump only ordered airstrikes on one Syrian government air base, as opposed to all six.
He said that shows that Trump just wanted to “send a message.”
“He just wanted to say, ‘It’s not that there’s a new sheriff in town. There is a sheriff in town. There was an absence for eight years. America is back, and you’re not allowed to do whatever you want,” Krauthammer said. “That in and of itself is going to have a big effect.”