LifeZette editor-in-chief Laura Ingraham warned the newly muddled foreign policy from the administration threatened to become “a complete cauldron of disaster,” during an interview Tuesday on “Fox & Friends.”
Trump targeted a Syrian government air base with missile strikes last week after the regime of President Bashar al-Assad reportedly launched a chemical attack that killed more than 80 Syrian civilians. The move represented a dramatic reversal from the president’s campaign pledge to avoid entanglement in Middle East conflicts and focus on putting “America First.”
“I’m not sure getting rid of Bashar al-Assad was at the top of the list of those people in Pennsylvania that showed up at his rallies.”
“All those people voted for Donald Trump in Pennsylvania and all over the Rust Belt. They didn’t vote for Rubio, or they didn’t vote for Jeb Bush because they didn’t want more of the ‘Bush Doctrine,'” Ingraham said.
“They liked what Donald Trump was saying. ‘Be pragmatic. Be very careful before you get the United States once again involved in another country’s civil war or ethnic conflict or tribal conflict,'” Ingraham continued.
“This is a complete cauldron of disaster,” she said.
Trump has explained the tectonic shift in his position by citing terrible images of babies and children killed and maimed in the chemical weapons attack.
“Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children,” Trump said during an address at his resort in Mar-a-Lago last Thursday evening, after the strike. “It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack … No child of God should ever suffer such horror.”
Despite the tragedy, Ingraham advised Trump to be wary of getting too deeply entangled in the messy Syrian conflict.
“If we’re worried about atrocities and if photos are going to direct our foreign policy, then I could show you about 15 photos I received this morning from those Palm Sunday masses in Egypt,” Ingraham said of the two attacks that targeted Coptic Christians Sunday. “Also from Central African Republic, where children are being burned to death in huts, locked in the huts, and burned to death with flamethrowers.”
“We could show a lot of those photos. Does that mean that we’re going to send in the cruise missiles?” Ingraham asked. “We’ve got a lot of atrocities happening around the world.”
Ingraham also pointed a finger at human rights abuses in China.
“We just hosted and toasted China,” she said, “we know what they do to the women who have more than one children. They cut babies out of their wombs. They put people in re-education camps. So it’s all nice to have a nice event with China, but let’s be honest about what they do to the people who disagree with the hierarchy there,” Ingraham continued.
Ingraham said that with so much atrocity in the world, it’s crucial the administration be able to act in the pragmatic interest of the United States.
“So there’s a lot of selective moral indignation going on out there about atrocities,” Ingraham added. “And I hope the Trump team is true to what he campaigned on, which is pragmatic foreign policy that is a break from the Bush path. Because that has been an electoral, political and humanitarian disaster for the Middle East.”
Ingraham agreed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had committed heinous atrocities against his own people but reiterated that Middle East intervention was something voters on November 8 explicitly rejected.
“I’m not sure getting rid of Bashar al-Assad was at the top of the list of those people in Pennsylvania that showed up at his rallies,” she said.
“Do we want to go to war with Russia, Syria, Iran?” Ingraham asked. “I think the thing that’s most important right now for Donald Trump is to remember those core issues that he so successfully campaigned on and that motivated voters in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and Michigan and Ohio. It was all focused on America First and jobs, the economy, wages going up — that’s it. That’s in his wheelhouse.”