Trump uses phrase that haunted Bush: 'Mission Accomplished!'




  • In World/Asia
  • 2018-04-14 15:56:57Z
  • By Associated Press
 

WASHINGTON (AP) - As he declares the U.S.-led airstrikes against Syria a success, President Donald Trump is adopting a phrase that a previous president came to regret - "mission accomplished."

On Saturday, Trump tweeted: "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!"

In May 2003, President George W. Bush stood on an aircraft carrier under a giant "Mission Accomplished" banner and declared that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended" - just six weeks after the invasion.

But the war dragged on for many years after that and the banner became a symbol of U.S. misjudgments and mistakes in the long and costly conflict. Bush was heavily criticized for the move.

After shifting explanations, the White House eventually said the "Mission Accomplished" phrase referred to the carrier's crew completing its 10-month mission, not the military completing its mission in Iraq.

Bush, in October 2003, disavowed any connection with the "Mission Accomplished" message. He said the White House had nothing to do with the banner; a spokesman later said the ship's crew asked for the sign and the White House staff had it made by a private vendor.

Said former White House press secretary Dana Perino in 2008: "We have certainly paid a price for not being more specific on that banner."

The Pentagon backed Trump's assertion in his tweet Saturday, with chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White saying: "We met our objectives. We hit the sites, the heart of the chemical weapons program. So it was mission accomplished."

She added, "What happens next depends on what the Assad regime decides to do."

Ari Fleischer, who was White House press secretary at the time of the aircraft carrier speech, tweeted Saturday: "I would have recommended ending this tweet with not those two words."

Revisiting the situation with Bush, he noted that the crew had asked for the sign and said Bush offered more nuanced remarks. But, he acknowledged, the "shot of Bush with the banner became a symbol of what went wrong."

Related Video: Trump Announces Strike on Syria

Watch news, TV and more on Yahoo View.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Trump to ask Justice Department to look into campaign surveillance claims
Trump to ask Justice Department to look into campaign surveillance claims

By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump demanded on Twitter on Sunday that the Justice Department look into whether his 2016 presidential campaign was infiltrated or surveilled by the agency or the FBI under the Obama administration. Trump's simmering anger over Special

Trump: 'Real Americans' Should Get 'Tough' On Russia Probe
Trump: 'Real Americans' Should Get 'Tough' On Russia Probe

President Donald Trump attacked the credibility of special counsel Robert

U.S., China putting trade war on hold, Treasury
U.S., China putting trade war on hold, Treasury's Mnuchin says

The U.S. trade war with China is "on hold" after the world's largest economies agreed to drop their tariff threats while they work on a wider trade agreement, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday. Mnuchin and U.S. President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Larry

Trump Jr. met with Mueller witness during campaign
Trump Jr. met with Mueller witness during campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump Jr. met during the 2016 campaign with a private military contractor and an adviser to Middle Eastern leaders, both of whom have since become a focus of investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller, a lawyer for President Donald Trump's eldest son said Saturday

Trump welcomes wife home in tweet that misspells her name
Trump welcomes wife home in tweet that misspells her name

Melania Trump returned to the White House in "high spirits" on Saturday following a weeklong hospitalization for kidney treatment, a lengthy stay that raised questions about whether the first lady's condition may have been more complicated than first revealed. "Great to have our incredible

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Asia

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.