ERBIL, Iraq — President Donald Trump developed a new wave of fans courtesy supporters of the Syrian opposition.
In response to a series of tweets in which Trump announced plans to strike Syria in the wake of another deadly gas attack that left dozens dead and wounded, Syrians held up in rebel-held areas and in the larger diaspora on Wednesday circulated a new meme on social media which features Trump’s face overlayed with the American flag and the words “We love you,” in both Arabic and English.
“We are all with Trump, we will never forget that he stands with us and save us from the hell of Russia, Iran and Assad,” Tarek Muharam 40, a leader in the opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) told Fox News. “Finally, someone smelled the smell of chemical weapons and decide to stop these massacres.”
In a series of cryptic tweets, Trump warned not only Syria, but its strongest ally, Russia, who vowed to strike down any missile fired at Syrian targets, that an attack was on the way.
“Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria,” Trump tweeted early Wednesday morning. “Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”
Russian leaders, with whom Trump has had a tense relationship with over the course of the past several months, was quick to issue response.
“U.S. President Donald Trump has stated that Russia should be ready to shoot missiles issued in Syria,” said Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Smart missiles must fly towards terrorists, not a legitimate government that has been fighting international terrorism in its territory for several years.”
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in anticipation of a military strike, has reportedly left his presidential residence and relocated to protected area.
Meanwhile, some of Trump’s most vocal supporters have come out in opposition against a Syrian strike.
“Today over 500,000 people have watched my videos and streams. 90% are @realDonaldTrump supporters, none want war with Syria. #NoMoreWars” Conservative commentator Mike Cernovich tweeted on April 7.
Cernovich’s comments were echoed by Fox News’ Laura Ingrham who called out Trump’s aggression toward Syria as a direct reversal of the type of policy Trump campaigned on .
“Missiles flying. Rubio’s happy. McCain ecstatic. Hillary’s on board. A complete policy change in 48 hrs,” Ingrham tweeted.
One of the most vocal protests against a U.S. led strike on Syria came from longtime Trump advocate Paul Joseph Watson who tweeted:
“I guess Trump wasn’t “Putin’s puppet” after all, he was just another deep state/Neo-Con puppet. I’m officially OFF the Trump train.”