Well, this was not what CNN had in mind when they invited a Syrian on to talk about Donald Trump’s (according to them) inappropriate military response in Syria.
M.J. Randolph writes:
Anchor Brooke Baldwin hosted a chemical attack survivor on her show to talk about how he felt about President Donald Trump’s recent military strike against a Syrian airbase.
The President had done this in response to a sarin gas attack on civilians.
Baldwin tried to get her guest, Kassem Eid, to criticize President Trump, but it didn’t go as she had planned.
“I thanked God,” Kassen said when he heard that the airbase was bombed. “I was overwhelmed.” You can see on Baldwin’s face that this was not the answer she expected, so she tried again. She said that some Democrat and some Republicans supported Trump’s action, but then she played a clip of Hillary Clinton pointing out what she thought was a hypocritical statement: saying you don’t support the Syrian babies being killed, but also saying that you don’t support immigration.
“We cannot speak of protecting Syria’s babies, and in the next breath close America’s doors to them.”
After playing that clip, Baldwin asked Kassem what he thought about the fact that Trump “doesn’t want Syrians to come into this country with this refugee ban.”
But his response was not at all what she expected:
“And if you’ll just give me a few seconds just to tell President Trump, once again. Please sir, what you did was amazing. What you did was a powerful message of hope for a lot of people inside and outside of Syria. Please don’t stop on this. Please. Help Syrians stay in their country! Please take out Assad’s air forces so they won’t be able to commit more atrocities using traditional weapons. 500,000 people were killed with traditional weapons — just so people can know what we’ve suffered in the past six years.”
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