Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton said Friday that the airstrikes by President Trump meant that the "Obama era" in American foreign policy was over. He explained what he meant on Fox and Friends.
Last night, the Obama era in American foreign policy ended with President Trump's strong decisive action against #Syria.— John Bolton (@John Bolton)1491587387.0
"I see that Russia now says the United States used far-fetched pretext to [fire airstrikes]," said Steve Doocy. "Can you explain to Mr. Putin if is he watching why he is wrong?"
"It's a ridiculous argument about what you would expect from Russia," Bolton responded, "which is a key ally of the Assad regime. And it also goes to the question some have raised in this country of whether the president had constitutional authority to act, the two are very closely related."
'"Syria was a party to the Chemical Weapons Convention," he explained, "as is the United States, it's violated its obligations, and whenever the United States faces a violation of a treaty that's designed to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction, our national security is adversely affected."
"The president has full constitutional authority under the commander in chief clause to act," Bolton continued, "which he did. He made a very limited and precise strike for a very limited and precise reason. I think it was the right thing to do, and I think last night the Obama-era in American foreign policy ended."
Bolton also told Sean Hannity on Friday what he thought Russia's main interest would be in the aftermath of the attack.
"I think the Russians are embarrassed by what Assad did in that chemical attack," he explained, "they're not concerned with the humanitarian aspect, but they know now they've got a problem."
"The principle Russian interest here is protecting their naval base at Tartus, their airbase at Latakia, I think they'll stick with Assad as long as they can," Bolton concluded, "and they would only replace him with somebody who would allow them to stay there. That's what their interests are."
Russia has been a vocal critic of the airstrikes, calling them a violation of international law. But an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council showed that the United States had a lot of support in the international community.