Syrians are updating their profile pictures with one of Donald Trump and a message to him, in the aftermath of the U.S. airstrikes.
After chemical warfare was used in Syria this week, America decided to take action and dropped 59 Tomahawk missiles on Syrian troops at a government airbase.
It is thought this airbase was the source of the horrific chemical attack, which claimed the lives of 100 people in Idlib Province, Indy100 reports.
Last night, President Donald Trump made the announcement he had authorised the airstrike, slamming President Assad as a ‘dictator.’
It seems many Syrian citizens have had an unexpected response to Trump’s attack, which does not involve condemning the violence further.
Syrian Twitter user, Mostafa Mahamed noticed the growing trend of people changing their profile pictures to a picture of Trump, with a caption which reportedly means ‘we love you,’ emblazoned over the top.
I found a Syrian with this avatar today. Expect to see more. pic.twitter.com/fYqokBMojz
— Mostafa Mahamed (@AbuSulaymanMM3) April 7, 2017
Many of the Syrian people are keen to show their thanks to Trump for taking action and ‘supporting’ them against the Syrian government.
Trump said in a statement:
Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched.
It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.
Not everyone is in support of Trump’s counter-attack, which claimed the lives of many members of the military and nine civilians including four children though.
This attack was clearly an attempt to win over hearts and minds. Only the naive will be fooled to believe that Trump has a heart.
I am confident that most people in the world (not just Syrians) can see that Trump is not the good Samaritan that he is posing as.
Supporters of President Assad had a different reaction however, and instead changed their profile pictures to the flag of ISIS, with Trump’s face superimposed on top.
They argued Trump’s actions could actually cause ISIS to react even more and could cause even more damage.
Other Twitter users also changed their profile pictures to a blank yellow box to represent toxic gas, with others chose to display the radioactive warning symbol, as a mark of respect for those killed.
Trump’s actions have attracted controversy, regardless of what you think and whether they were done with the best intentions.
Time will tell who will make the next move and what exactly what that will be in this complicated conflict.
Thoughts go out to all those affected in Syria.