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CNN: Trump Carves Out Tough Commander-in-Chief Posture

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By    |   Friday, 14 Apr 2017 02:23 PM

President Donald Trump won't say if he ordered the use of the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the United States' arsenal, but recent military actions show he's "getting a taste for pulling the trigger," according to CNN.

The use of the MOAB, known as the "mother of all bombs," along with the Tomahawk cruise missile strike on Syria, show that Trump is unafraid to use force.

"I think this sends a message," said CNN military expert Lt. Col. Rick Francona.

"[The military] has been wanting to use this weapon for some time — they couldn't get approval," Francona said of the MOAB. "The timing couldn't be better, we see what is happening in Korea, we see what is happening in Syria, this is not lost on everybody that is watching the United States right now."

Although 51 percent of Americans support the attack on Syria, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll this week, some in Washington question his refusal to reveal if he gave the orders or if they result from his expanded authorization for the military.

"I am very concerned that the president is basically taking little responsibility, offering it up to his military when he is the commander in chief," Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., a member of the House Armed Services Committee said on CNN. "He isn't necessarily front and center evaluating it then speaking to the American people and what his plans are."

After the deployment of the MOAB, Trump explained his role as commander in chief as: "What I do is authorize my military."

He added, "Frankly, that is why they have been so successful lately, if you look at what has happened over the last eight weeks and compare that really to what has happened over the last eight years, you will see there has been a tremendous difference."

According to CNN's sources, Gen. John Nicholson "signed off" on the bomb and the White House only knew as the MOAB was being dropped.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., on the House Intelligence Committee said on CNN that Trump "should certainly be involved when we escalate the weapons used."

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President Donald Trump won't say if he ordered the use of the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the United States' arsenal, but recent military actions show he's "getting a taste for pulling the trigger," according to CNN.
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