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Trump's 2013 Tweets Regarding Syria Can't Be Judged - He Wasn't President Yet

President Trump does not deserve criticism for changing his mind about U.S. policy regarding Syria since he took office, a White House aide declared Friday.

According to CNN, Trump tweeted in 2013 that the United States should not take military action to remove Syrian President Bashar Assad from power, even though the authoritarian ruler had allegedly used chemical weapons to kill his own citizens. Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to the president, argued on Laura Ingraham’s radio show that Trump should not be held accountable for his past statements.

“I think you’d admit that the things you say when you’re in a certain situation without the requisite experience that may come later shouldn’t be held against you,” Gorka explained. “You may have great ideas about what it means to be a parent, but you have no idea what it means to bear the responsibility once you have children. This is the same situation.”

He added: “What one says as a businessman who has not had TS/SCI clearance and sat in the situation room, or what one says on the campaign trail in a politically charged environment for a year, is incredibly different to the perspective you may have after you take on the mantle of the commander-in-chief, and you are the person responsible for the safety of all Americans. That’s what experience tells us, and to judge based on statements they made when they were not in that position of responsibility.”

Trump’s old Twitter messages came to light last week, after he ordered missile strikes on an airfield operated by the Syrian government. The administration said the action was in retaliation for the recent chemical-weapons attack that killed nearly 100 people. On Saturday, the president tweeted: “Congratulations to our great military men and women for representing the United States, and the world, so well in the Syria attack.”

The airstrikes reportedly destroyed several aircraft and killed at least seven people. Human-rights groups condemned the use of military force, warning that the action could lead to attacks against the United States. Protesters gathered in front of Trump Tower in New York City.

Source: CNN
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