Farage: ‘A Lot of Trump Voters Will Be Scratching Their Heads’ over Syria Airstrikes

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has expressed concern over “supporter and friend” U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s decision to approve the launch of 60 U.S. Tomahawk missiles on Syria’s Shayrat air base in south-east Homs.

“I have to say, I woke up to this news this morning very, very surprised. And I think a lot of Trump voters will be scratching their heads hard and asking, ‘where does this go from here?’” said Mr. Farage Friday morning, speaking on the LBC radio network.

The MEP told presenter Nick Ferrari: “I’m a Trump supporter and friend, and one of the things that I think helped him gain votes was the idea that we shouldn’t endlessly get involved militarily in the Middle East without fully thinking through the implications of what we’re doing.

“I think back to Libya a few years ago and, unarguably, we’ve made the world worse as a result of our intervention.”

Pointing out that his platform of non-interventionism was one of the president’s key selling points during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, Mr. Farage said the world “could have done with more certainty” over the situation in Syria before the U.S. launched airstrikes.

Other figures in the UK have taken to Twitter to express their dismay at the bombing, with current UKIP leader Paul Nuttall saying he “hoped for better” from President Trump.

And UKIP backer Arron Banks highlighted a tweet made by the U.S. president in 2013, which insisted America should “stay out” of Syria, and called the recent decision to launch airstrikes “stupid”.

“Who stole my President?” asked UK columnist and radio personality Katie Hopkins, who was one of the property tycoon’s first vocal supporters in the British media.

U.S. senators such as Lindsey Graham and John McCain, who have repeatedly criticised Trump’s populist platform, showered praise on the president for ordering the strike in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack allegedly ordered by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

But former House of Representatives member and presidential candidate Ron Paul argued that there is “zero chance” the Syrian president was to blame for the chemical attack, pointing out that “it doesn’t make any sense for Assad under these conditions to all of a sudden use poison gases”.

3 thoughts on “Farage: ‘A Lot of Trump Voters Will Be Scratching Their Heads’ over Syria Airstrikes

  • April 8, 2017 at 12:11 am
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    How does Ron Paul possibly know that the Syrian President had nothing to do with the poison gas attack????? Does Mr.Paul know Assad personally? I doubt it. This was done to make up for the years Obama didn’t lift a finger to stop what this Issad has been doing for the past 6 years. This was a shot across the bow not only to Syria but North Korea as well as Iran. We will wait and see how this plays out but I doubt Russia wants to get into a shooting war with the U.S. number one, they can’t afford it. Another thing too, Trump probably was one of the first people to see the kids that were killed by this gas attack he probably thought that something like that could actually happen here in the U.S. I agree with that thinking.

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  • April 8, 2017 at 2:21 am
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    We have no interest in Syria, Assad has even claimed to be a Christian. Remember Eisenhower’s warning to stay out of foreign entanglements. Your son in law should also be home in New York City along with Ivanka. Sorry, but she should be taking care of her children. I pray daily for you President Trump please do the right thing.

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  • April 8, 2017 at 5:53 pm
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    I believe this was a terrible mistake. 12 people died needlessly. The US needs to stay out of regime change. We have never made the world better with our foreign engagements, but certain people become more rich. I trust President Trump’s intentions, though. I pray he will not continue in this vein. If he leads us into a broader war, he will lose his base altogether. We do not want regime change in Syria. We do not want to be ISIS’ air force. We do not want war with Russia. The US has other things to worry about – like North Korea and China. Everyone knows this is about an oil pipeline and about the neocon/globalist scheme for world domination. American people are tired of funding such an evil scheme. We are sick of them using American lives – and the lives of others in the world – as their cannon fodder. I think they will bring revolution to the US if they continue making war. This concerns me, too.

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