Yes, he did.
While Barack Obama agonized like a small, sensitive child over what he should do once Syria in 2013 had crossed his “red line” and used chemical weapons, President Trump thought for what seemed like three minutes about enforcing the principle that nobody uses WMD and then sent a barrage of missiles Syria’s way. Message delivered.
Obama, instead of punishing Syria, invited the Russians back into the Middle East to “help out,” an incomprehensible decision that continues to haunt us to this day.
From a new interview with Trump by the Washington Examiner’s Salena Zito in which Trump talked about the decision to hit Syria:
It was, he admits, his toughest decision so far.
“I legitimized President Obama’s red line in the sand,” he says. “Which we had to do. I mean, somebody had to do it.”
Nevertheless, it was, he says, an incredibly difficult moment: “First of all, it is a hard decision. You don’t know what is going to happen,” once the missiles are fired. “Is one of them going to go haywire and end up in a city or in a town and kill a lot of people?
“But it was an important decision. Not an easy decision to make. Because you know, when you say ‘yes,’ there is death.
“And death is very tough. Very tough. There is a lot of weight on this kind of decision.”
In the interview, Trump noted that he was coming face to face with the gravity and difficulty of the new office he holds:
“You can make a mistake in deals, and you work it out,” he explains at one point. “You make a mistake here, there is nothing to work out. You know it’s trouble. It could be big trouble. And it is life-threatening trouble for lots of people, potentially . . .
“It’s a very intensive process,” he says of the presidency. “Really intense. I get up to bed late and I get up early.” He rarely sleeps more than four hours, which is good, he explains, because he can call leaders around the world in the dark hours while the rest of Washington sleeps.
Trump, of course, has always famously slept very little. Obama, Michelle Obama once noted, is a champion at sleeping in.