Tipton on Syria: ‘The era of leading from behind is over’
When Gen. H.R. McMaster canceled a meeting with him last week, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, had no idea why.
Gardner, and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, both Colorado Republicans, found out several hours later, when President Donald J. Trump announced that he had sent 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles to damage an airfield in Syria in retaliation for a sarin gas attack.
“We got no heads-up,” Tipton said, as he and Gardner both stressed that the attack wasn’t meant to signal deeper U.S. involvement in Syria or elsewhere.
At the same time, Tipton said, it does mean that, “The era of leading from behind is over.”
The change of administrations was clear, Tipton said.
“Where President Obama drew a red line, President Trump actually did shoot missiles.”
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un would do well to take note, Tipton said.
Gardner noted that the message couldn’t have been clearer for Chinese President Xi Jinping, who was informed by Trump of the missile strike during a dinner at Trump’s Florida resort.