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Trump Blasts Obama's Foreign Policy As 'A Total Failure'

| by Ray Brown

President Donald Trump criticized former President Barack Obama's foreign policy in a tweet.

"'The first 90 days of my presidency has exposed the total failure of the last eight years of foreign policy!' So true," Trump wrote on April 17, referring to a segment broadcasted on a Fox News program that morning.

During that broadcast, conservative jokester Michael Knowles -- who recently published a book titled, ‶Reasons to Vote for Democrats,″ which is full of nothing but blank pages -- blasted Obama's foreign policy and praised Trump's recent decisions, which included launching 59 missile strikes on the Syrian government and dropping a giant bomb on Afghanistan that cost American taxpayers more than $350 million.

‶It is unbelievable how within the first 100 days of this presidency, we have exposed the total failure of the last eight years of foreign policy,″ Knowles said, according to Politico.

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While Trump appears to have made a bigger splash than Obama regarding the situations in Syria and Afghanistan, he's also very much continuing the same policy laid out by his predecessor.

According to CNN, while Obama did not launch missiles directly on Syrian government air bases, he had approved several airstrikes throughout Syria since 2014 in the fight against ISIS.

And while Obama didn't drop the ‶mother of all bombs″ in Afghanistan like what was said to be done under Trump, his administration is responsible for dropping 1,337 bombs on Afghanistan in 2016 alone, according to a report from the Council of Foreign Relations.

Major differences between the two strategies appear to be mostly in how partisan politicians react.

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When Obama threatened the Syrian government with direct military action in 2013 after their alleged use of chemical weapons, Republicans blasted him for the suggestion, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

"A vital national security risk is clearly not at play, there are just too many unanswered questions about our long-term strategy in Syria, including the fact that this proposal is utterly detached from a wider strategy to end the civil war there, and on the specific question of deterring the use of chemical weapons, the president's proposal appears to be based on a contradiction,″ McConnell said in 2013.

But after Trump's sudden missile strike, which was done without congressional approval, McConnell praised the action.

"This was a clear signal from America that [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad can no longer use chemical weapons against his own people with impunity,″ he said.

Democratic Sen. Benjamin Cardin of Maryland voted to approve authorization for Obama to launch a strike against Syria in 2013, according to The Washington Post.

But after Trump's unauthorized strike, he criticized essentially the same action.

"You will not be able to bomb your way to peace in Syria," Cardin told CNN. "Syrians must work out their problems.″

Sources: Politico, Council on Foreign Relations, The Washington Post, CNN (2) / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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