President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that he had not surrendered the element of surprise by announcing plans to launch a missile strike against Syria, writing online that he had said nothing regarding the timing of his planned strike.
“Never said when an attack on Syria would take place. Could be very soon or not so soon at all!” the president wrote on Twitter. “In any event, the United States, under my Administration, has done a great job of ridding the region of ISIS. Where is our ‘Thank you America?’”
Trump announced Wednesday that he intended to launch a missile strike against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, retaliation for the government’s alleged use of chemical weapons on a civilian population in a suburb of Damascus last weekend.
The president’s willingness to announce plans for a military strike ran counter to his long-held position against telegraphing such moves, a practice he has called stupid and accused his predecessors of.
In announcing plans to strike Assad’s regime, Trump also dismissed pledges from Russia, a close ally of Syria, to shoot down any U.S. missile strike.
“Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’” Trump wrote online. “You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”