Sir William Hague has praised Donald Trump for his recent air strike in Syris
The former leader of the Tory party said the US President showed “backbone to a country whose leadership understands little else” even if he has “disappointed” his loyal Republican supporters.
Applauding his "strong response", Mr Hague argued Obama’s administration was "afraid to confront Russia” who support Assad's regime, even though the use of weapons against civilians is an “abhorrent crime”.
Countries that support and oppose the missile strikes in Syria Mon, April 10, 2017
European countries have been broadly supportive so far as President Trump ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airfield from which a deadly chemical weapons attack was launched
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SYRIA OPPOSES: President Bashar al-Assad's office denounced the U.S. strike as 'reckless, irresponsible behavior.'
Writing in the Telegraph, Sir William said: “Trump acted quickly, which is crucial to making a clear connection between the crime and the response.
"Obama initially intended to do this four years ago, but then became bogged down in the decision-making, accepting instead a Russian plan to disarm Assad of chemical agents – a plan we can now see was not fully carried out.”
He added: “The real test will be whether the missile strike can be followed up with a coherent approach to handling Moscow and to ending the war in Syria.
“Where Obama set a red line and then failed to enforce it, Trump has done the opposite – enforced a red line he hadn’t enunciated. But it is a far cry from Trump’s campaign rhetoric about working with Putin and from recent US statements about concentrating exclusively on defeating ISIS.”
Although he insisted Britain “does not want conflict with Putin”, he blasted the former Soviet nation as an “unreliable partner” with “deep social and economic problems”.
The 56-year-old said the UK has “painstakingly pushed the boulder of UK-Russia relations up the hill only to see it rolled back down again”.
Sir William added: “Boris should not worry about the abuse hurled at him by Russia for cancelling his visit.
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Mr Hague went on to attack Vladimir Putin for supporting Assad
“Trying to deride the UK as a puppet of Washington is a sign of Russian resentment at the close alliance of the UK and the US, and a defensive reaction from a regime that wants to change the subject from the argument about the atrocities committed in Syria."
Mr Hague has previously been critical of the US President. Upon Trump's election win, he said: "The last time I was here I did tell you a lot of jokes and stories about politics, but the trouble now with political jokes is that they have started to get elected."