Trump Suggests He Is Making The Phrase ‘Mission Accomplished’ Great Again
President Donald Trump responded Sunday to critics opposed to his use of the phrase “mission accomplished” after the strikes on Syria’s chemical weapons infrastructure, arguing that “it should be brought back” and “used often.”
A coalition of American, British, and French naval and air assets destroyed three important targets associated with the Syrian regime’s chemical warfare operations Saturday in an early morning strike. In the aftermath, the president tweeted “Mission Accomplished.”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2018
These words haunted former President George W. Bush, even though he never actually made the infamous statement. Standing on the deck of the Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, he proudly announced “major combat operations in Iraq have ended” as a banner that read “Mission Accomplished” hung in the background.
American troops are still fighting to stabilize Iraq.
Trump, however, believes that while the phrase was tainted by this particular moment in America’s modern military history, it should be rebranded and tied to truly successful operations.
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.” I knew they would seize on this but felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back. Use often!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2018
The strike on Syria does not represent a change in U.S. policy in Syria, senior administration officials revealed Saturday. The stated purpose of America’s military presence in Syria remains the defeat of the Islamic State.
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