Tony Blair backs Trump’s stance on Syria and says he was right to bomb Assad


Monday 1 May 2017 | 10:23 AM Damascus Time

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  • Tony Blair backs Trump’s stance on Syria and says he was right to bomb Assad


    Donald Trump ’s tough stance on Syria and North Korea has got the thumbs up from Tony Blair.

    The former Prime Minister said the US President was right to authorise a military strike following Bashar al-Assad’s regime use of chemical weapons.

     “You cannot let Assad use chemical weapons in that way and get away with it. You need a solution in Syria in the end and that solution is only going to happen if people see we are prepared to take a tough stance,” he said.

    Mr Blair also offered reassurances about Mr Trump’s foreign policy initiatives, saying that so far they had been in line with “mainstream Republican thinking.”

     “We cannot afford to have North Korea with a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead. We cannot afford that. Be in no doubt at all, the world would be a very dangerous place were that to happen,” he said.

    Asked if Trump’s unpredictability caused him anxiety, he replied: “The issue for me is what they actually do. So far what they have done, if you look at the relationship if China which was supposed to be extremely difficult and relationship with Russia was supposed to be extremely easy.

     “Fast forward a 100 days and it is the other way round. My view is let’s wait and see what actually happens.”

    Mr Blair, who has revealed he is returning to politics to 'get his hands dirty', said he had not spoken to Trump since he took office but was in contact with his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner on the Middle East.

    He also backed Theresa May for trying to build a relationship with the President.

     “British Prime Ministers are always going to work with an American President.

     “I was a Hillary (Clinton) supporter so I am not holding anything for Donald Trump’s important the British Prime Minister has a good relationship.”

    Mr Blair also revealed he is still in regular contact with former President.

     “From time to time, we speak or meet. I keep in touch will all the people, well most of them, I used to be in Government with and also the people in power now,” he said.

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