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Reagan on Trump's Syrian Flip: 'Presidents Change Their Minds'

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By    |   Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017 03:44 PM

The son of Ronald Reagan says President Donald Trump's missile strike on Syria was not a betrayal of his "America First" campaign slogan in which he warned against deeper U.S. involvement in the war-torn Arab republic.

"Presidents can change their minds and do change their minds," veteran political commentator Michael Reagan tells guest host Bill Tucker on Newsmax TV's "The Steve Malzberg Showon Tuesday.

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Trump likely decided to act after seeing horrific footage of Syrian civilians suffering in the wake of a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens early last week – just like his own father did in Lebanon after hearing a stomach-turning audiotape.

"My father changed his mind back in the 1980s when our CIA chief in Lebanon was captured and literally butchered and torn apart, and the audio tape of that was sent to [him]," Reagan said. "My father had to listen to it in the Oval Office, and up until that point you remember [he] was saying 'no arms for hostages.'

"Well we had six or seven, I believe, hostages at that point in Lebanon. The next thing you know, my father's trading arms for hostages . . . So, there's things that happen in the presidency that don't happen while you're campaigning for the presidency.

"And I think that's what you see in Donald Trump. Everybody was appalled by the video of the gas attack there in Syria, and you have the president of the United States answering – if you will – in kind, and saying you can't do that anymore."

Reagan also said he does not believe Trump will turn his back on ongoing strife in Syria.

"I don't think you walk away from it," he told Tucker. "You watch and see what in fact is going to happen there. You have the secretary of state in Russia speaking to the Russians today or tomorrow. So, we'll see how this game is going to hopefully play out.

"It's going to be interesting to see if, in fact, Russia will put pressure on Syria."

Reagan is the author of "Lessons My Father Taught Me: The Strength, Integrity, and Faith of Ronald Reagan," written with Jim Denney and published by Humanix.

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