DONALD TRUMP has defended his use of the phrase ‘Mission Accomplished’ to describe the US-led allied missile attack on Syria’s chemical weapons programme.
The US president (pictured) said in a tweet ‘it is such a great military term, it should be brought back’.
And he accused the ‘fake news media’ of seizing on the words as the only way to demean him after the air strike was ‘perfectly carried out’.
Mr Trump, who spent yesterday playing golf, tweeted ‘Mission Accomplished’ on Saturday after US, French and British planes and ships launched more than 100 missiles nearly unopposed by Syria.
His choice of words was criticised because it echoed a similar claim made by president George W Bush in the Iraq war when the fight was far from over.
Despite Mr Trump hailing the success, the Pentagon said the bombing of three chemical-related facilities left enough others intact to allow Bashar al-Assad’s government to use banned weapons on civilians.