Look here, folks. As a result of President Donald Trump’ punishing strike against the Assad regime, it appears Syrians have a new nickname for him.
That’s right. People across the Arab world are now lauding Trump as a champion and are referring to him as “Abu Ivanka al-Amriki,” or “Father of Ivanka, the American,” as a term of endearment.
Syrians within the U.S. are praising Trump too, expressing relief that the U.S. finally took action against Assad, who has been brutally slaughtering civilians for far too long in an effort to suppress the uprising against him.
“We needed to take some action, show some backbone,” said Judy Asghar, 35, an American born to Syrian immigrants who lives in Dearborn, Michigan, epicenter of one of the largest Arab-American communities in the United States.
“I was very glad that it finally happened, something that should have happened years ago,” said Ali Homsi, 59, a civil engineer who moved to the United States from Syria as a student in 1978, in a telephone interview. Mr Homsi lives in Tempe, Arizona, but still has family in Syria.
This reaction of praise for President Trump is quite opposite from the reaction given to former President Barack Obama. Many Syrians were frustrated by his policy to avoid direct action against the regime, despite repeated words of compassion and statements of condemnation for Assad’s brutal actions.
“Maybe you in the West hate Trump, but he has already done far more for us than Obama,” said Najim Hassan, who lives in the rebel-held Syrian city of Idlib. “We love him because he does more than he says, he’s a man of action and at least he gives us something to hope for.”