After initially saying the US's only objective in Syria was to destroy Daesh, President Donald Trump surprised the world last week by launching cruise missile strikes against a Syrian regime air base.
Some say Trump's latest moves may be bold, daring and sure to grab attention. But others say they could be a smokescreen.
Bassima Alghussein, a political expert from the Truman National Security Project, says the move may be a cover for the president’s “failures at home."
TRT World’s Tetiana Anderson reports with more from Washington D.C.