President Donald Trump’s first foray into military action sent signals to Russia, Syria and beyond. It also amounted to a significant shift in his political worldview — with its own array of potential consequences.
By choosing to take action, Trump showed his flexibility as a leader. And he put his marker down as a global leader, refusing to let Syrian President Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people without consequences. Still, Trump’s decision to launch rockets at targets in Syria could reshape Trump’s presidency in unexpected ways, POLITICO’s Shane Goldmacher reports.
“The move risks the wrath of Trump’s nationalist base, which is opposed to foreign military entanglements. It also threatens to open an international crisis for an administration that has struggled to advance domestic priorities amid constant infighting among top lieutenants and fellow Republicans in Congress.”
Trump’s decision did not come lightly — and may not signal a bigger shift, POLITICO’S Josh Dawsey notes: “In conversations Friday with five aides and advisers inside and outside the White House, including some traveling with the president, it was clear that the president remains leery of intervention – but that he also hasn’t grappled extensively with his own foreign policy doctrine, and seems to be malleable based on the situation. Several said they were unsure whether the president would authorize strikes on other countries in similar circumstances.”
All of the internal debates, and the military action, also served to over shadow one of Trump’s first tangible accomplishments as a president: Seating a Supreme Court justice. The confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch means that Trump’s impact will endure on the High Court for years to come.
Elsewhere in Donald Trump’s orbit:
NO THANKS, OBAMA: President Trump’s worldview is being informed, in part, by what former President Barack Obama would not do.
HAWKISH DONKEYS: Hawkish Democrats are pleased with President Trump’s Syrian action.
INTERNATIONAL REVIEWS: Many nations praised Trump’s action today, while Russia and Syria condemned the missile strike.
A-BANNON HIM: A GOP congresswoman says Trump should fire Steve Bannon.
JOBS REPORT: The latest job report showed modest growth of 98,000 jobs. (The New York Times)
NO MORE RESERVATIONS: The Trump Organization and celebrity chef Jose Andres have settled a longstanding legal dispute.
And there you have it, you’re caught up on the the Trump administration. Happy Friday.