CNN’s Brooke Baldwin interviewed a Syrian man they described as someone who survived a chemical attack in 2013, seeking feedback on how people in that region felt about Trump’s military action that saw missiles destroy the air base used by President Assad to carry out a horrifying chemical attack on innocent civilians.
The man immediately launches into praise of Trump’s action, his gratitude was clearly evident. “I was overwhelmed” he said, saying they’ve been desperately waiting for someone to do something. “For once, (Assad) was held accountable for his crimes against humanity.”
He went on to say he was so grateful for President Trump, the United States and everyone who kept talking about Syria when it wasn’t a big news story.
Baldwin then shifted gears and tried to get the man to comment on Trump’s immigration order, opening the door for a possible critical statement on Trump’s stricter immigration laws as it pertains to refugees. But the man was not deterred, doubling down on his praise for Trump and arguing that Syrians don’t want to be refugees, that they’d rather see actions that help them remain in their home country.
A pretty remarkable piece of video, not for the political implications only, but the fact that you can clearly feel this man’s gratitude. He is clearly overwhelmed with emotion and, it appears, for the first time in a long time: hope.
Watch the amazing exchange below:
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