Former Secretary of State John Kerry has always been a good soldier for President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, but a new report suggests that could be changing—at least when it comes to Syria.
According to a report by Politico, a source close to Kerry told the publication Kerry is “absolutely supportive” of President Donald Trump’s Thursday strike against Syria and that he’s “gratified to see that it happened quickly.”
Politico also reported the source said Kerry “believes if executed correctly and clearly, [military action] can help reenergize the diplomatic channel” in order to produce positive diplomatic relations.
Some are interpreting Kerry’s comments as a criticism of Obama and his policies. In 2013, when Kerry was serving as Obama’s secretary of state, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons in an attack that killed hundreds, but Obama ultimately refused to retaliate.
Trump, many congressmen, and members of the intelligence community have said Assad is responsible for chemical attacks made against civilians in northern Syria on Tuesday. In the attack, at least 86 people were killed, including 28 children.
On Thursday, Trump ordered the launch of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles against an airbase belonging to the Syrian government. Trump claimed in a statement on the attack that there “can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council.”
In a notification sent Saturday to House and Senate leaders, Trump said the attack he ordered against Syria was meant to deter future use of chemical weapons.
“I directed this action in order to degrade the Syrian military’s ability to conduct further chemical weapons attacks and to dissuade the Syrian regime from using or proliferating chemical weapons, thereby promoting the stability of the region and averting a worsening of the region’s current humanitarian catastrophe,” Trump said in the statement, according to a report by the Washington Examiner.