“The Syrian raid was so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term ‘Mission Accomplished,’” he tweeted on Sunday morning. “I knew they would seize on this but felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back. Use often!”
Trump was criticized for using the phrase in a tweet on Saturday with many comparing Trump to former President George W. Bush who declared an end to US combat operations in Iraq in 2003 under a banner with the words “Mission Accomplished.” The US military is still engaged in Iraq.
The president used the phrase in a tweet thanking the US military and allies France and Britain for carrying out the attack on Syria.
“A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military,” he wrote on Saturday. “Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!”
Trump addressed the nation on Friday evening about the attacks on Syria following President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons on his people the previous Saturday. At least 40 people were killed and 500 injured in Douma, a suburb of the capital of Damascus.