On Thursday night, Fox News host Shep Smith tried to shame President Donald Trump over his Syria record, but a retired U.S. general refused to let him get away with it.
Bizpac Review reported that Smith began by reading a series of tweets Trump posted in 2013 in which he warned Barack Obama not to get involved in military action against Syria. He tried to use these as an examples of an about-face by Trump as president, saying this was a reversal of sentiment by calling for a U.S. airstrike on a Syrian airfield Thursday.
“There are certainly risks in this matter,” Smith said of last night’s airstrike, which was done in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons attack earlier this week that left dozens of his own citizens dead, including women and children. “But there is nothing to say that the Syrians might, instead of not acting again, act again to draw the United States in.”
Retired four-star general and former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, Gen. Jack Keane, however, disagreed.
“Something has happened since those utterings which you just mentioned,” Keane responded. “The fact is an election was held and on January 20th, this person became President of the United States.”
“I think what you’re seeing here frankly is someone who feels a sense of accountability and responsibility as the President of the United States,” Keane continued, “knowing he has the power to stop the horrendous act that’s taken place, to do something about it based on the moral underpinnings of this great country of ours and other God-fearing people in the world.”
“He’s now president,” Keane said of Trump. “He’s no longer a guy like me sitting on the outside rendering opinions.”
“He has the responsibility and he feels accountable to it and I think he’s made the right judgement here, to be quite frank about it, and we’ll see how it pans out,” he concluded.