“What he [Obama] would say is, ‘Donald Trump carried out limited military action, and a few months later, they were using chemical weapons again,’” said Power.
“That the idea that limited military force of the kind that I and others were advocating would have resolved some of the structural issues or addressed the overall brutality of the Syrian regime, he would argue that that was wishful thinking.”
Power said that, to this day, she and Obama still grapple with the consequences of that decision.
“My most difficult encounters with him were over Syria … He would be dismissive in a way that normally he is not,” said Power.
“He was so conflicted internally. It’s not as if he hasn’t gone over this in his mind and been tormented by it and I think the reason he lost his temper so often on that issue was because of that internal [conflict].
“I think if he had to do it all over again, probably he would do the same thing because his fears of entanglement, his sense that the American people were not with him, those beliefs have not changed.”
Power also appeared to take a swipe at Trump by saying how important it is that the next president “believes that immigration is a strength.”
“If you don’t like what you see in terms of political polarization and you don’t like the debasement of the office, and the financial enrichment that’s been done on the backs of our most prized and cherished institutions, then you have got to activate,” she said.