Deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka gave an interview on The Laura Ingraham Show on Friday where he made it clear to supporters of the president that last weeks strike on Syrian government forces was a limited strike and does not at all represent a move towards neo-conservatism by President Donald Trump.
“It’s not a modification,” Gorka said. “This isn’t 2003, this isn’t 1991 and the Gulf War, and the president has not changed one bit. This is not the Bush administration and it is not neoconservatism.”
Gorka blasted the notion that a limited Tomahawk missile strike in any way precipitates full-on intervention.
“It makes no sense — the idea that we are mired in something when we take an action that last 15 minutes,” Gorka said. To compare it with Iraq or Afghanistan “is just a salacious analogy … we are not mired in anything,” Gorka said.
Trump’s decision to attack Syria is, according to Gorka, motivated not by a desire to dive headfirst into the Syrian swamp, but a desire to project American power.
Gorka explained how he believed the strike on Syria was meant to show strength to Russia and China.
“Think about what happened since then, Vladimir Putin didn’t want to meet with us, well he did,” said Gorka, speaking of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent meeting with Russian President Putin in Moscow.
He also pointed out China’s recent decision to suspend coal imports from North Korea.
“These are not accidental issues,” said Gorka. “This is the master of the art of the deal.”