On Thursday, President Trump sent a strong message to the world about his seriousness in the war on ISIS by dropping a 21,600-pound GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb on a network of ISIS tunnels and caves in Afghanistan.
Known in the military as the “mother of all bombs,” the largest non-nuclear bomb in America’s arsenal was dropped for the first time on an enemy target, causing an estimated circle of total destruction two miles in diameter.
A U.S. Army Green Beret was killed that area just days ago, according to Fox News. According to ArmyTimes, that soldier has been identified as 37-year-old Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar, a native of Edgewood, Maryland.
Asked if he had personally authorized the strike, Trump told reporters at the end of a meeting that, “[It’s] really another successful job. We’re very, very proud of our military.”
“Did you authorize it, sir?” another reporter asked.
“Everybody knows exactly what happened,” Trump replied. “What I do is I authorize my military. We have the greatest military in the world, and they’ve done a job as usual.”
“We have given them totally authorization,” he continued. “And that’s what they’re doing. And, frankly, that’s why they’ve been so successful lately. If you look at what’s happened over the last eight weeks and compare that to what’s happened over the last eight years, you’ll see there’s a tremendous difference.”
“We have incredible leaders in the military,” he said. “And we have incredible military.”
“Does this send a message to North Korea?” a reporter asked.
Trump shrugged, “I don’t know if this sends a message. If doesn’t make any difference if it does or not. North Korea is a problem. The problem will be taken care of.”
“I will say this,” he concluded. “I think China has really been working very hard. I have really gotten to like and respect President Xi. He’s a terrific person. Spent a lot of time together in Florida, and he’s a very special man. So we’ll see how [he] does. I think he’s going to try very hard.”
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