Press conference held today…Trump called Assad a “butcher,” said US-Russia relations “may be at an all-time low,” and insisted it’s “probably unlikely” Syria could have launched the chemical attack it has been accused of carrying out without Russian knowledge. An investigation as to whether Russia had prior knowledge or not is being conducted by General “Mad Dog” Mattis. We can probably guess how that’s going to turn out.
Trump also says NATO is not obsolete, though of course back during the campaign he said it was. He also had campaigned on wanting better relations with Russia, and once even urged Obama to stay out of Syria, but now he is seemingly trying to provoke an all-out war. We can speculate endlessly on the “why” of it all (is Trump being blackmailed, is he trying to avoid getting impeached, was he a deep-state operative all along?), but the bottom line is he has made almost a complete 180 degree turn.