We’re closing in on the first 100-days of the Trump Presidency, and it appears the administration is facing some of the most complicated challenges across the pond.
This big question, “What’s next?” after last Thursday’s missile attack on Syrian airbases, and now a bold move by North Korea.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said some tough words Monday, sending a strong message to the Syrian government. The White House doubling down that the Syrian missile attack was in response to what the administration says was a chemical attack by the Syrian government on it’s own people. Spicer telling the press, “We hold open possibility of more future action.”
Spicer added the administration’s strategy is two-fold, but the first action is to defeat ISIS and creating a political environment for a change in leadership saying, “I can’t imagine a stable and peaceful Syria where Bashar al-Assad is in power.”
But the Trump administration’s “strategy” still isn’t clear as Trump’s top diplomats continue to send mixed messages. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying, “It is through that political process that we believe the Syrian people will ultimately be able to decide the fate of Bashar al Assad.”
United States UN Ambassador Nikki Haley insists that regime change is a top concern saying, “There’s not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime.”
Still, the U.S. is sending another message, this time, to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. The pentagon announced Monday it’s deploying a NAVY strike group to the Korean Peninsula, as tensions escalate over Pyongyang’s nuclear program. National Security Advistor Lt. Gen H.R. McMaster says, “This is a rogue regime that is now a nuclear capable regime.”
There are military moves being made Military moves setting the table as Tillerson arrives at the G7 Summitt meeting in Italy. Just one day before he heads to Moscow to meet with top Russian officials.