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Sen. Grassley: Trump Approach to North Korea, Syria 'Dramatic Departure' from Campaign

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By    |   Friday, 14 Apr 2017 02:59 PM

President Donald Trump's approach on North Korea and Syria is vastly different from his tone during the presidential campaign, according to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

"It isn't so much a departure from an administration that's only 84 days old, but it's a dramatic departure from what he campaigned on," Grassley said during a conference call, according to The Hill.

Grassley said that sending missiles against Syria after a gas attack "shows the humanity" of the president.

"When he sees on television kids dying from sarin gas when he's in a position to do something about it, and he decides to do it, I think it sends a strong signal that there's a new sheriff in town," the Iowa Republican said.

Last week, Grassley and his fellow Iowa senator, Joni Ernst, both said that they were in favor of Trump's Syria airstrikes, according to The Des Moines Register.

"Assad's actions follow a policy under President (Barack) Obama that lacked any consequences for heinous crimes against Syrian civilians. The action taken by President Trump to prevent further use of chemical weapons by Assad or anyone else was appropriate," Grassley said.

However, The Des Moines Register reported that Grassley's opinion is different now than in 2013, when Assad deployed chemical weapons and then-President Obama proposed a military-based response.

"I don't think the case for military action has been made," Grassley said in September 2013.

The senator's office responded to The Register that Trump ordered a launch with the goal of stopping another chemical attack, but Obama's plan for military action was unclear.

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