“Trump’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ Moment”
President Donald Trump started the day by announcing the U.S. has defeated ISIS and he is pulling all troops out of Syria immediately.
Of course, the U.S. has not defeated ISIS and there is bipartisan condemnation of not only Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria, but the manner in which he is doing so.
But Trump did not stop there.
The Commander-in-Chief has just released a video in which he boasts about the destruction of ISIS. He also says that all the American troops who gave their lives in the war against ISIS support his decision to pull the troops out of Syria.
“I get very saddened when I have to write letters, or call parents, or wives, or husbands, of soldiers who have been killed fighting for our country,” Trump says from the White House lawn. “It’s heart-breaking.”
“Now we’ve won. It’s time to come back,” he announces, with barely a pause.
“I’ll tell you, they’re up there looking down on us, and there is nobody happier or more proud of their families, to put them in a position where they’ve done such good for so many people.”
“So our boys, our young women, our men, they’re all coming back, and they’re coming back now,” Trump says, looking at the camera.
“We won. And that’s the way we want it. And that’s the way they want it,” he concludes, pointing to Heaven above.
After historic victories against ISIS, it’s time to bring our great young people home! pic.twitter.com/xoNjFzQFTp
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2018
Some on social media blasted the President for, as this political commentator who writes for conservative websites says, claiming “to have the endorsement of dead U.S. soldiers.”
My God. He actually claims to have the endorsement of dead U.S. soldiers. This is sick. https://t.co/Gn0epFl4Rc
— John A. Daly (@JohnDalyBooks) December 19, 2018
Here’s what some others have to say:
The entire Pentagon, including your generals, say you’re lying. So why are you doing this then? Is someone paying you off? Is Putin blackmailing you? You must be gaining personally from this, so tell us, what did you do this time? https://t.co/iioaTzFkP7
— John Aravosis 🇺🇸 (@aravosis) December 19, 2018
This is Trump’s “Mission Accomplished” moment. The UN estimates there are still 20,000-30,000 ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria. With US troops gone, they are likely to stage a resurgence. My @PostOpinions column: https://t.co/0gdlRq5x7S https://t.co/0f75gcwihF
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) December 19, 2018
It is more than a little strange speak definitively about the desires and policy views of US servcicemembers who have died fighting in Syria and Iraq. https://t.co/QPIPE0TgN4
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) December 19, 2018
Just watched this. I can’t move. My brain is mad at me. Is he talking about dead soldiers being happy? My nose is bleeding. Did he know he could do more than one take? Everyone is stupider now that this exists. What do we do? The trees in the background are smarter than him. https://t.co/4VsCbzHYP3
— Kelvin Yu (@InternetKelvin) December 19, 2018
Pres Trump says the soldiers who died fighting against ISIS would want the US to pull our troops out of Syria.
Guy who skipped out on honoring fallen soldiers in France uses fallen soldiers to declare imaginary victory. Disgusting. https://t.co/8AGaafTKZz
— Laura Walker 🍸🇺🇸 🏴🎄 (@LauraWalkerKC) December 19, 2018
After I claimed premature victory over ISIS, I’m making a decision against all military advisers by withdrawing all troops from Syria undermining U.S. allies while strengthening Russia, Assad, & Iran. Lastly, this move guarantees the slaughter of Kurds by Erdogan. #WeakTrump https://t.co/RpCpyZ85Sb
— Trump Interpreter (@trumpinterprtr) December 20, 2018
This video will come back to haunt Trump if the troop withdrawal results in an ISIS resurgence. At the moment, the caliphate is dismantled but ISIS still has thousands of fighters. Is this his “mission accomplished” moment? https://t.co/67xBorQS0H
— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) December 19, 2018
This is such an unbelievable load of horseshit. https://t.co/KLUSsHC3Mj
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) December 19, 2018
This yet again proves that this “@POTUS” has no comprehension of what it takes to be in, command, or operate in a military situation. #CadetBoneSpurs @realDonaldTrump is a disgrace. #VeteransAgainstTrump https://t.co/x8BNvfpyid
— Mike Emery (@Emery_Mike) December 20, 2018
American Islamic State ‘sniper’ charged in New York: Justice Dept
A naturalized American who was a sniper for the Islamic State group has been charged in New York with material support for a terror group after being captured in Syria and repatriated to the United States, the Justice Department announced Friday.
Kazakhstan-born Ruslan Maratovich Asainov fought for the Islamic State in Syria for five years before he was captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces and handed over to US custody, the department said.
Asainov, 43, was brought back to the United States on Thursday and was to be arraigned Friday afternoon in federal court in Brooklyn.
He fought for IS in Syria from 2013 to 2018 as a sniper and a weapons trainer for other combatants.
WATCH: Employee at Tim Hortons slurs Muslim couple and tells them ‘go back to your own country’
According to a report from Deadline Detroit, a Muslim advocacy group has filed a complaint against a local Tim Horton's location after an employee insulted a Muslim couple and told them to "go back to their own country," followed by a sexist slur.
The report states Alaa Kouider and her husband, Ameur Dhaimini, were purchasing coffee at the local fast food location when they got into an argument with the cashier.
President Bolsonaro says claims of hunger in Brazil ‘a big lie’
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday there was no hunger in the country, citing the lack of "poor people in the street with a skeletal physique" as evidence.
Speaking to foreign journalists, Bolsonaro blamed "populists" for propagating "a big lie" that some of Brazil's 209 million people did not have enough to eat.
"There is no hunger," the far-right leader said, noting Brazil "was rich in practically every type of crop".
"You don't see poor people in the street with a skeletal physique like in other countries.
"To say that there is hunger in Brazil is a populist discourse to try to win popular sympathy, nothing more than that."