Syria air strikes: Trump defends claiming 'mission accomplished'

President Donald Trump has defended the use of the term "mission accomplished" amid criticism following US, UK and French strikes on targets in Syria.
He accused the "fake news media" of seizing on the term to demean the strikes, carried out in response to an alleged Syrian chemical weapons attack.
Ex-President George W Bush was widely ridiculed after appearing in front of a banner with the term in the Iraq war.
Russia and Syria insist no chemical attack took place on 7 April.
They have said the attack in Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta area near the capital, Damascus, was staged.
Mr Trump used the term to conclude a tweet on Saturday morning following the overnight attacks, after hailing the strikes as "perfectly executed" and thanking the UK and France.
The phrase had been on a banner as Mr Bush declared the end of "major combat operations" in Iraq in May 2003, six weeks after the US-led invasion of the country.
The following Iraqi insurgency, which dragged on for years, led to widespread ridicule of the term.

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