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Trump Supporters Criticize Syria Airstrike

| by Michael Doherty

President Donald Trump has faced criticism from his own supporters for his April 7 decision to launch a surprise attack on a Syrian air base.

Some of the president's most vocal far-right supporters, such a Milo Yiannapolous, Nigel Farage and Anne Coulter, have turned on Trump after the airstrike, Inquisitr reports. Before the attack, Trump had repeatedly said during his presidential campaign that the U.S. should not get involved in the Middle East.

"Trump campaigned on not getting involved in Mideast," tweeted Coulter. "Said it always helps our enemies and creates more refugees. Then he saw a picture on TV."

The U.S. airstrike came in response to Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons in an attack that  killed at least 72 people, including 20 children.

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Trump launched the strike without seeking approval from Congress, which he said in a 2013 tweet would be a "big mistake."

"What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict?" asked Trump in an August 2013 tweet, Time reports. "Obama needs Congressional approval."

"I am very surprised by this. I think a lot of Trump voters will be waking up this morning and scratching their heads and saying 'where will it all end?'" said British far-right politician Nigel Farage. "As a firm Trump supporter, I say, yes, the pictures were horrible, but I'm surprised. Whatever [Syrian President Bashar] Assad’s sins, he is secular."

"The U.S. bombing of Syria last night was rash, trigger happy, nonsensical and will achieve nothing. I hoped for better," said Paul Nutall, leader of Britain's far-right UKIP.

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Russia's Kremlin said that the airstrike was "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international law," with President Vladimir Putin adding that he believed the strike was carried out because of a "far-fetched pretext."

Politicians on the left also criticized the strike, including Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

"I'm deeply concerned that these strikes could lead to the United States once again being dragged back into the quagmire of long-term military engagement in the Middle East," said Sanders according to Bustle. "If the last 15 years have shown anything, it's that such engagements are disastrous for American security, for the American economy, and for the American people."

Others supported Trump's decision to carry out the attack, including radio host Hugh Hewitt, who said the strike on the air base was "justice for these children."

According to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the U.S. has not changed its policy on Syria despite the airstrikes.

Sources: Inquisitr, The New York Times, Bustle, Time / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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