Upon the Syrian incident, The Mighty Rex (Tillerson) said, “steps are underway” for an international effort to push Bashar Assad out of the captain’s chair. Meanwhile, Team Trump’s military cabinet pitched strategies for Syria to the President. Currently, it’s unknown as to what retaliatory efforts will be implemented in response to the chemical-weapons disaster.
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Upon being questioned whether or not the US would be assembling a team to overthrow Assad, Secretary of State Tillerson replied, “Those steps are underway. … It’s a serious matter—it requires a serious response,” Tillerson stressed and said the Syria incident “violates all previous UN resolutions, violates international norms and long-held agreements.”
Tillerson’s discussion went down in West Palm Beach, Florida, upon meeting up with China President Xi Jinping to join him in a two-day summit along with President Trump. Prior to the President’s flight arriving in Florida, Trump feeling on the Syrian incident was that it “shouldn’t be allowed to happen.”
President Trump and Tillerson’s words were executed simultaneously with Pentagon and White House conferences on what is to happen in Syria. In an almost 180-degree fashion, shortly upon Team Trump seemingly on board with Assad leading Syria, their position quickly spun.
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While Obama’s outfit did a lot of talking about what should be done in Syria (but ultimately did nothing), Team Trump is drafting a resolution right now. However, the President hasn’t disclosed if actual, military force will be used. (Even if he greenlighted the armed forces, he’s obviously too smart to leak it to the press at this time.)
But in addition to the summit in Florida, President Trump also met with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster to explore potential, military strategies as response to the Syrian incident.
“There has been a ton of traffic on this in the last 48 hours,” a Team Trump member informed the media. They also confirmed the Syrian incident was discussed on March 5th’s National Security Council conference.
No matter what the “steps” may be, the US has positioned two, US Navy warships out on the eastern Mediterranean (USS Ross & USS Porter). Defense officials told the media the US forces are ready and waiting—if need be.
Back at Capitol Hill, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said in his March-5th discussion with President Trump, there were indeed plans to “to consult with General McMaster and General Mattis and make a decision there.”
Very recently, McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) jointly declared that Assad’s “latest use of chemical weapons” demands retaliation, stressing Team Trump to destroy Syria’s air force. “The message from the United States must be that this will not stand. We must show that no foreign power can or will protect Assad now. He must pay a punitive cost for this horrific attack,” they decreed in their statement.
The latest, Syria-incident death toll is 72 (adults and children)—Assad’s people claimed no involvement. With this type of situation, Graham pushed that Team Trump doesn’t need Congress to sign off on force being taken—others opined for a non-violent strategy.
In an interview, Foreign Relations Committee Republican Chairman Senator Bob Corker feels the initial effort is to learn what military strategies the White House is solidifying.