President Trump on Saturday declared “mission accomplished” after approving airstrikes with the United Kingdom and France against chemical weapons production facilities in Syria the previous night.
“A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!” Trump tweeted.
“So proud of our great Military which will soon be, after the spending of billions of fully approved dollars, the finest that our Country has ever had. There won’t be anything, or anyone, even close!” he added in another tweet.
Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White stood by Trump’s characterization during a briefing Saturday morning.
“Operations were very successful. We met our objectives. We hit the sites, the heart of the chemical weapons program,” she said. “So it was mission accomplished.”
“It was a successful mission. What happens next depends on what the Assad regime decides to do,” she added when pressed.
Trump quickly caught flak Saturday after using the phrase “mission accomplished,” which gained notoriety after former President George W. Bush gave a 2003 speech to declare the end of major U.S. combat operations in Iraq with a banner featuring the phrase displayed behind him. Despite the declaration, the U.S. military has stayed involved in Iraq to this day.
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