Declaring that he had not previously believed in “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” CNN commentator Fareed Zakaria reversed course Sunday after seeing the left’s response to his praise of President Trump’s missile strike in Syria.
Zakaria had praised Trump’s actions in Syria, saying that Trump had become president when he decided to act.
“From the response on the left, you would have thought I had just endorsed Donald Trump for Pope,” Zakaria said.
“Otherwise thoughtful columnists described my views as ‘nonsense.’ One journalist declared on television, ‘If that guy could have sex with this cruise missile attack, I think he would do it.’ A gaggle of former Obama speechwriters discussed how my comments were ‘the stupidest’ of any given on the subject.”
Zakaria zeroed in on the Obama speechwriters, playing a clip of President Obama discussing how the United States must enforce chemical weapons agreements in Syria. “White House speechwriters must have written the lines that President Barack Obama spoke on September 27, 2013 announcing the UN deal in which the Syrian regime agreed to give up its chemical weapons stockpile,” Zakaria said prior to playing the clip.
According to Zakaria’s sources from the Obama administration, the previous president would have most likely ordered a similar strike in the same situation.
“Presumably those former speechwriters would have used different words to describe the same strikes,” Zakaria said.
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