Halley: If Assad Uses Chemical Weapons Again, The U.S. Is ‘Locked and Loaded’
WALLACE: Joining us now from New York, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley.
Ambassador, I want to start with President Trump’s tweet after the military action against Syria. Here it is: A perfectly executed strike last night. Could not have had a better result. Mission accomplished!
A lot of people say that echoes President Bush 43’s premature claim of mission accomplished back in 2003. Isn’t President Trump’s claim of success just as premature?
HALEY: Well, first of all, mission accomplished is a military term, and as a military spouse, I know that mission accomplished means you have one task currently in front of you and when it’s completed, it is mission accomplished.
Politically, mission accomplished means something broader. And I think the president was referring in military terms. We, of course, know that our work in Syria is not done. We know that it’s now up to Bashar al-Assad on whether he is going to use chemical weapons again. And should he use it again, the president has made it very clear that the United States is locked and loaded and ready to go.