President Donald Trump says the gas attacks on citizens by Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad must not go unanswered even if both his right foot and his left foot are bothering him because of the bone spurs that kept him out of Vietnam.
“I will not be deterred in taking the tough steps that are necessary to punish the animal Assad,” Trump said in his toughest statement yet on the escalating tensions in Syria.
Trump said his bone spurs are “so bad, the worst anyone has ever seen,” that many people have said he shouldn’t go into Syria with bombs, but he plans to do so, anyway.
“We can’t let these gas attacks pass without consequences, even if I have to grimace a little as I put my socks and shoes on,” he said. “My doctor has told me not to do it. He’s never seen bone spurs like these. But we have to do what’s right. We have to act with love for the Syrian people.”
Trump was accused of using his bone spurs as an excuse for dodging the draft during the Vietnam War, but Trump said he wouldn’t let that happen again. “Now that I’m commander-in-chief, I’m going to override my doctor’s order and lead the bombing in Syria to punish Assad,” he said.
Some defense experts warn that further intervention in Syria by the United States could lead to unintended consequences, particularly with Russia so deeply involved in helping sustain Assad’s rule over the country. But Trump said naysayers should “buck up” and take a lesson from “our heroic military” on sacrificing for a bigger cause. “Does it hurt when I put my socks and then my shoes on over my feet? Of course. But I do it because it’s the right thing to do,” he said. “Would our brave military men and women follow me into battle if I wasn’t willing to take a little pain along with them? People are getting hurt—I count myself among them. I should get a Purple Heart. But we have to do what’s right. I might even play nine holes today. That will really hurt my feet. But the Syrian people are worth that.”
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