'Donald Trump is genuinely emotive about the situation in Syria, so there may be more airstrikes'

'Donald Trump is genuinely emotive about the situation in Syria, so there may be more air strikes', says politics professor

A suspected chemical attack took place in Idlib

Friday, April 7, 2017

Donald Trump is genuinely committed to improving the situation in Syria and so more US airstrikes may take place, according to an international politics professor.

A suspected chemical attack in the town of Khan Sheikhun, which killed at least 80 people, has prompted the US to launch a missile strike om a Syrian air base. This has in turn prompted Moscow to suspend a communication channel with Washington set up to avoid incidents between Russian and US planes over Syria.

Professor Scott Lucas told Julia Hartley-Brewer that he believes Trump "genuinely has this emotive reaction" to the images that came out of Syria. This has left him deeply interested in the country's civil war and prompted him to say "'ok now we’re going to carry out a strike'."

Lucas adds that the Pentagon and the National Security Council are also concerned about relations with Russia and Nato, so America faces manifold considerations if it wishes to plot a future strike.

However he thinks last night's airstrikes might not be a one-off, as even if Syria uses "conventional bombing" the situation could still escalate. 

In the end, Lucas believes, there is "no consistency" with Donald Trump, as he's "like a guy in a pub who’s asked between drinks 'what are you going to do now'".

Listen to the full interview above