McMaster: Trump Could Take More Action in Syria

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Sunday that while President Trump was hoping to find a diplomatic solution to the civil war in Syria, he was open to taking more military action against the Assad regime if necessary.

McMaster told the hosts on “Fox News Sunday” that it was incumbent on the U.S. to do everything in its power to stop the slaughter of innocent Syrians.

“We need to do everything we can,” he said. “We need some kind of political solution to that very complex problem.”

McMaster’s interview came days after President Trump authorized a strategic missile strike against a Syrian airbase, retribution for a chemical weapons attack the U.S. blames on the Assad regime. The strikes, which were carried out with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on Thursday night, were met with high praise from U.S. allies in the region and around the world.

But in the aftermath of the retaliatory strike, the old questions have begun to surface. Do we go ahead with a policy of regime change in Syria, backed with the might of the U.S. military? Or do we return to the wait-and-see approach that Trump appeared to favor as early as last week? McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and others in the administration have said further action will be determined by Assad’s response to the strike.

As far as regime change foes, McMaster said it was not necessarily the United States’ responsibility to facilitate Assad’s downfall.

“I’m not saying we are the ones to effect that change,” he said. He criticized Russia and Iran for thinking “it’s okay to align with a murderous regime.”

But McMaster, like others in the Trump administration, is playing his cards close to the vest. He said that whatever Trump decides from this point forward, it wouldn’t necessarily be broadcast across the airwaves ahead of time.

“This is the first time that the U.S. has acted to the atrocities of the Assad regime,” he said. “The president will make whatever decision he thinks that is best for the American people.”

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  1. Once again, the UN demonstrates it’s irrelivancy, as Assad inflicts his genocide on Syria’s citizens. Time for minimizing US financial support to this One World progressive wasteland organization.

    • the UN actually stands for
      U tter
      N nonsense
      and is as USELESS as OBama’s RED LINE. and it is time to Severely Reduce the US $$$upport for this USELESS Do Nothing Organization of INCOMPETENTS

      However Trump and McMaster may be causing Assad many sleepless nights

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    • There is no proof of Assad gassing his people. We do know the rebels have CW brought in through Turkey via Lybia. There was no reason for Adad to gas his people, or ever. He was winning the war and had control of 80% of Syria, Trump stated that he was not looking for a regime change, they reclaimed Palmyra. Why would he gas his people and have the world wrath on his head? We know that Assad was going to bomb a rebel missile factory, Assad announced it ahead of time. Did you ever think that there were CW in the rebels hold and when Assad dropped the bomb it set off the gas? There are citizen witnesses that have stated that they could smell the gas, Sarin has no order. Are we to believe the rebels account who are fighting Assad or the White Helmets who are backed by Soros and affiliated with Al-Qaeda? Let’s start researching and thinking before believing all that is spewed to us. How come the news media don’t show the casualties of the church bombings and pull our heart strings like they do the supposed Assad gas attack. I am not saying they were not gassed but not by Assad and it was a mixture of chlorine and phosphorus (I think). The known chemicals that the rebels have.

      • sandraleesmith46

        Well stated; and probably a lot more accurate than most of the comments and reports alike. They may also have used pesticides, as Hussein did, and Hitler did before him, on their own citizens. It makes no sense for Assad to act thus, at this point; but it makes a whole lot of sense for the rebels, or another of the MB groups seeking to oust him, to do so, and blame him.

  2. The U.S. needs to stay out of this; little thanks we get for trying to control every tinpot dictator on earth; had a hard enough time ousting our own tinpot last year!

    • Stay out of it? Who do you think created the alleged Syria Civil War? And also the civil war in Yemen, Egypt, Libya, etc. When Saudi Arabia wants to use our military, off they go.

      • Let the less than worthless predominantly “Moonie Muslime” part of the world hand problems between their own, it is not nor ever should have been our concern.

        People whine about how worthless the U.N. is, maybe so, but the League of Arabia Nations is the most worthless.

  3. We need to move only when it’s in the best interest of the U.S. That was true when we went into Afghanistan following the cowardly attack on the Twin Towers in Sept 2001. Osama bin Laden planned that attack while hiding out at a Taliban-protected base in that God forsaken place and when their government refused to turn bin Laden over to us, we had to react. Syria has not attacked us. Yet. And it is not our responsibility to remove their dopey dictator. It is up to the various Islamic regimes to do what is best for their region. While I agree with Trump’s limited bombing of one base in Syria a week ago because it sent a message to the world that the U.S. had returned, our main goal should be to kill the barbaric savages that make up the ISIS brigades. And never again should the U.S. get involved in those huge chaotic and expensive nation building boondoggles as in Afghanistan and Iraq. The idea should be “America First!” We need to take care of our own country…IMHO.

    • I agree 110% we have a president with backbone enough to correct the damage obama and friend`s have done to our country. President Trump has done more in the short time he has been in office than Obama did in eight years. Fortunately we have a president who is changing the same old same old. With him it is AMERICA first.

  4. Mike Cernovich says that McMaster is working with convicted criminal David Petraeus to put troops on the ground in Syria. Chernovich says that McMaster is manipulating intelligence reports to Trump and wants 150,000 ground soldiers in Syria. It is rumored that McMaster may be sharing classified information with Petraeus, whose security clearance was revoked.

    • I agree with you tchr. I think it is a wrong move to attack Syria and Assad. There is no proof of Assad gassing his people and no reason for him to do since he regained 80% of his country back, Trump was on his side, and ISIS is getting defeated along with the AL-Quada backed rebels and White Helmets. We know the rebels have chemicals and have used them on civilians and use them as human shields. This whole thing stinks and Trump better listen to Bannon.

      • And you better wake up. The proof is the people that were attacked . Assad is an evil cold blooded killer who should be eliminated.

        • I am not denying that people were killed. I am stating that there is evidence that the MSM and conservative sites that Assad did not do this. We reacted before evidence was gathered to see who did this. I do not count as evidence testimonies from the rebels who want to topple the Syrian government. Assad did bomb the rebels missile factory (Assad does not deny this and said he was going to do this) after the bombing a green gas with a smell erupted and unfortunately drifted and killed the people. It was not sarin as we can see how the first responders were not properly dressed to deal with a sarin gas attack and sarin is colorless and odorless. So it seems that the bombing of the rebels missile factory created the release of chemicals unintentionally. The question should be how did the rebels get CW? https://geopolitics.co/2017/04/05/poorly-executed-chemical-attack-false-flag-hits-syria-again/

    • Brilliant who did you get your information from?? The news media?? You must be be a democrat.

  5. Elizabeth Raynor Short

    Yeah! Let’s put the Islamist jihadis in charge of the whole country. Good thinking, McMaster, who won’t say “islamic jihad. Obama-bot, go away.

  6. Thanks to the previous White House placeholder, a.k.a. Urkel the “Big Zero”, our military has been cut to unhealthy levels, and our debt even without another $1Trillion is way over our eyeballs, the last thing we need is to get into another world war over a country we have never been friends with. Syria is not worth giving Russia and its allies an excuse to start a world war, that also includes China and North Korea; they are chomping at the bit to start something before we get things turned around and Obama’s mess cleaned up.

    • Excellent post you nailed it. By the way does anyone know where that coward named Obama is??? I would expect he crawled back in his hole.

      • He is living in a house close to the White House so that he can tell his liberal friends what they
        should do to hinder Trump from doing his job and keeping his promises. He phones his buddies
        every morning….it’s said he is obsessed with bringing Trump down. BTW – Valerie Jarrett is living in the same house!!

  7. The action President Trump took was both timely and deserved as well as needed. It helped draw attention to a very huge problem the world main stream media is for the most part ignoring. However, to become involved deeper would be ridiculous. However, after obama’s leading from behind, for eight long years, it was necessary to let the world know America is back and crimes against humanity will not stand. Chemical weapons were outlawed nearly a hundred years ago. And are considered weapons of mass destruction. Therefore, using them amounts to a war crime and deserves harsh punishment. That would be the responsibility of the United Nations. However, we all know they will do nothing.

    The United Nations has never taken any action against any war crime it is for all practical purposes a toothless tiger as was the obama administration.

    The United States of America cannot and should not be the police force for the world consequently, the UN needs to either become effective as a world monitor or disband. I personally favor disbanding. The United States of America pays the lions share of the costs of the UN and yet it does nothing. It is a complete waste of money. The UN seems to be a rest home for wealthy power hungry people from around the world who take turns being the leader for show only. Just as NATO needed a tune up so does the UN. Furthermore, as was the case when Saddam Hussein was in power it was a den of corruption.

    The atrocities heaped upon the Syrian people is, or should be, punishable by removing the person responsible and trying that person for war crimes equivalent to the war trials after WWII at Nuremberg. That should be the responsibility of the UN world body. If it does not have such responsibilities what purpose does it have to exist?

    • Michael Dennewitz

      DAMNED WELL SAID ! ?

    • FINE POSTING AND ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. I WONDER WHAT SOME OF THOSE DEFENDING ASSAD WOULD THINK IF IT WERE THEIR CHILDREN SHOWING AND SUFFERING FROM THE EFFECTS OF WHATEVER WAS USED ON THEM; THE RESULT WOULD BE THE SAME AND I RATHER DOUBT THEY WOULD BE SO AMENABLE UNDER THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES. I HAVE SOME SMALL EXPERIENCE WITH SOMETHING SIMILAR BEING AN AGENT ORANGE DISABLED VIETNAM VET. I REMEMBER AS A KID IN THE FIFTIES SEEING OUR TROOPS USED AS GUINEA PIGS DURING NUKE TESTING IN THE SOUTHWESTERN STATES. THEY WERE IN TRENCHES ABOUT A QUARTER MILE FROM GROUND ZERO. 20 YEARS LATER, MOST OF THEM HAD DIED OF STRONTIUM 90 POISONING. THE MORAL OF THE STORY? DOES IT REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHAT GOVERNMENTS DO? IN THE END, THEY ARE ALL THE SAME AND RIGHT OR WRONG ALL THE VICTIMS OF THEIR OUTRAGEOUS PROGRAMS WITH SUCH INDIFFERENCE CAN DO IS TO ENDURE THE RESULT AS BEST THEY CAN.AND, YOUR FINAL SENTENCE IN REGARD TO THE U.N IS PERFECTLY VALID AND JUSTIFICATION TOO, FOR OUR CUTTING ALL TIES TO THEM AND FUNDING FOR THEM.PERIOD.WE EXISTED BEFORE WE WERE A MEMBER OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL. WE CAN AND SHOULD DESERT THEM AS THEY ONLY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF US AND WORK TO END OUR CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC; “WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM THEIR FRIENDS”: PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS!

  8. Thank God we finally have a president who will do what’s best for the American people. Instead of consistently choosing to do what’s best for his own agenda, which seemed to have nothing to do with what was best for the American people.

    • You hit it our president has the backbone we need in this country and is starting to correct the damage that has been done by obama and friends. With PRESIDENT TRUMP it`s about the AMERICAN people and our country. AMERICA first.

  9. I’m not sure McMaster knows what he’s doing. He and the President have different views of the objectives of the airstrike.

  10. With Bho and hillary both covetting Assad’s friendship, they allowed this man too much power to do what he likes. President Trump will have to strong arm Assad to put the lunatic back in his place…soon.

    What leader in his right mind purposely kills women and children, innocents, of his country? Assad and obama believe the same: power, control, and bowing down in front of Saudi Kings. However obama found out his control was limited while Assad could rape his people and live to do it over and over and over.

    P.T. needs to make a strong point with Assad until that lunatic sees the U.S. isn’t playing games with him. One more wrong step against humanity and perhaps Assad will meet his 7 demonic demons in the dungeons below. No God would allow a Soul as black and rotten as his to ever enter their heavens…no God.

    • Excellent post you nailed it, Obama is a coward he created part of the problem he lied and said Assad removed all of the chemical weapons he had.

      • Fellow Muslims snd Muslim lovers (hillary) always stick together. Never trust one. They are devious and manipulative.

        I worked with several. They were disrespectful to all women – even those above them in the work place.

        Bho is no different. He even stated publicly that if there was a conflict, he would side with the Muslims…there’s your proof!

  11. Would not the Trump administration feel foolish to find out that we launched a strike against Syria in retaliation for them gassing ISIS members, evil is evil no matter what the age.

  12. Michael Dennewitz

    Take the bastards by surprise Mr Trump. Get pissed off enough to do them like we did Japan. Don’t wait to get anyone’s ok.. Gitter dun!! ???

  13. what in the world are we (The United States Of America,,,,baby!) …doing in Sryia anyway?…I guess we got Iraq ,Afghanistan ,Libya not to mention Iran… all voting democratically by now ?…So yeah , lets go piss off the nuclear insane now….Sheesh….what happened to draining the swamp and making America great again?…The federal death tax seems kinda ominous now …wake up America

    • They are part of the swamp and it`s time we showed what this country is made Obama was a coward and made our country look weak. That of course embolden the enemy`no one want`s a war but we have to have a back bone and stand up for ourselves. Obama did all that and then crawled back in his hole. Mr. Trump won`t allow that to happen. What would you do wait until we are attacked??? Wake up.

  14. Between McMaster and McCain we don’t need any false flag episode. We know that the globalist want us in a war and they are trying to drag Trump into it.!! This needs to be stopped and McCain up for treason.!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Trump knew what he was doing by bombing Syria without any notice to anyone here! The media would have it all over the news before the bomb was ever dropped! He’s no fool.

  16. America tries so hard to be the world police and establish Democracies! Yet, what percent of those countries remain Democratic? Yet, many American lives are lost and much money is spent.
    It has been said, “People get the government they deserve”!
    That is beginning to also be the case in America. We the Sane, Patriotic People haven’t properly minded our government for years. And notice the mess we are in!
    I so do hope President Trump can bring jobs back and clean up some messes so we can have another chance to make America great again. But the road blocks he is encountering are numerous and huge.

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