But President Donald Trump declined to say whether he personally signed off on the use of the GBU-43/B MOAB, also known as the “mother of all bombs,” in a strike on ISIS militants in Afghanistan.
“Everybody knows exactly what happens. So, what I do is I authorize our military,” Trump said when asked whether he authorized the strike. “We have given them total authorization and that’s what they’re doing.”
Mr Trump alluded once again to the previous Obama administration in his comments. He said that there is a “tremendous difference” between “the last eight weeks and compare that to really what’s happened over the last eight years.”
Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said yesterday that it was the first-ever combat use of the bomb. A MOAB is a 21,600- pound, GPS-guided munition that is America’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb.
The bombing in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan comes a week after Trump authorized a US missile strike against a Syrian government air base — the first US strike against the Syrian government in the country’s six-year civil war.