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Analysis: Trump finds leaving Syria tougher than he thought

News Summed Up 2018-04-15 05:30:00

Thus far, Trump and his top advisers have sent mixed messages about what Friday's U.S., British and French strikes may mean for his administration's future commitment in Syria. Trump, however, cast the strikes in more sweeping terms, promising he was ready to keep the U.S. military engaged if Syrian President Bashar Assad were to use deadly gases again. The importance of that pledge to some Trump backers quickly became apparent, with even the relatively limited American intervention in Syria leaving them deeply frustrated. Less than three months after Trump took office, the U.S. assessed that Assad had again used chemical weapons to kill Syrians. At a recent event in Ohio, Trump said of Syria: "Let other people take care of it now."