Trump Warned Russia That He'd Bomb Syria. Here's A Bunch Of Times He Said He Wouldn't Do That.
"For all of those fools that want to attack Syria, the US has lost the vital element of surprise — so stupid — could be a disaster!"
"The element of surprise" has long been one of Trump's favorite talking points about US military strategy. Here's 17 times he's used it.
Then, during the late stages of the 2016 campaign, Trump brought up the "element of surprise" in nearly every speech, often multiple times a day.
Trump discussed US military leaders speaking publicly about a possible attack on Mosul — to take it back from ISIS — for months before it happened.
He mentioned it even more in the last few days of the campaign, including at a rally in Tampa on Nov. 5, 2016.
During a speech in Leesburg, Virginia, on Nov. 6, Trump asked Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who was in the audience, about it.
He told the story again that afternoon in Minneapolis.
The very next day, Nov. 7, 2016, the day before the election, Trump spoke at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, about the "element of surprise."
The night before the election, in Scranton, Pennsylvania? "The element of surprise."