Good Saturday morning ...
Good Saturday morning ...
The Damascus sky lights up with missile fire. (AP's Hassan Ammar)
President Trump tweeted this morning: "A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!"
Amid distraction and dysfunction, Trump looked and acted like a traditional commander-in-chief last night, announcing a punitive missile strike on Syria that was quite constrained, and was backed by two top U.S. allies.
The signs are that Trump, as he has in past crucial moments, listened to his generals:
At a Pentagon briefing an hour after Trump addressed the nation from the White House, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the three targets were "specifically associated" with chemical weapons.
The bottom line, from Reuters: "The bombing represents a major escalation putting the West in direct confrontation with Assad’s superpower ally Russia, but is unlikely to alter the course of a multi-sided war which has killed at least half a million people in the past seven years."
Be smart: Key voices in Trump's base continue to resist overseas intervention. A former Trump campaign office tells Swan: "strikes not supported by base ... 'massive' strikes repulses the base."
Photo by Mike Theiler/Pool/Getty Images
Three key points from Trump's remarks last night from the Diplomatic Room:
I asked two of the country's top foreign-policy voices to help Axios readers interpret the strikes on Syria:
CFR President Richard Haass said he thinks President Trump "was right to attack CW-related sites to send the message that CW use is unacceptable and will bring punishment."
Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, called it "a notable escalation —more strikes than a year ago," and part of a coalition.
ABC's David Muir anchored coverage last night (including a live edition of "20/20") from Beirut — the capital of Lebanon, which shares a border with Syria.
Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney, chats with friends on Park Avenue yesterday. (Yana Paskova/Getty Images)
"President Trump’s advisers have concluded that a wide-ranging corruption investigation into his personal lawyer poses a greater and more imminent threat to the president than even the special counsel’s investigation," the N.Y. Times reports on A1.
James Comey writes in "A Higher Loyalty," out Tuesday, that he has "seen and read reports that Hillary Clinton blames me, at least in part, for her surprising election defeat":
What Obama told Comey:
A Dutch company has married motion sensors and AI — and slapped it on a cow, AP reports:
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