03-28-2017, 06:05 PM
It's axiomatic because Trump ended the official cia program that trained/armed/funded al qaeda linked rebels. That program was official. Congress gave funding for that program during the Obama administration. I remember writing my congressman asking him to vote not to fund that program. Trump ended it:
Trump administration instructs CIA to halt support for anti-Assad rebels in Syria
The official program was ended. Is Trump lying to the media and congress that this program has ended (like Reagan did during Iran/Contra) and funding the cia through some other sources? I don't know, but the official program funded by congress has been ended. Is the CIA going behind Trump's back and continuing the program with some other funding? I don't know; it sure wouldn't surprise me given the reputation of the CIA. But officially that program and it's funding has ended.
You asked: Why would Trump give the CIA carte blanche about droning but not about training al qaeda linked rebels? I don't know. A possibility could be that Trump, unlike Obama and the democrats, doesn't want to overthrow Assad and increase tensions with Russia. Maybe he justs wants to get rid of isis and then get out of Syria. Maybe he's uncomfortable training al qaeda linked rebels. Or maybe he hasn't made up his mind yet whether he wants to overthrow Assad or not. I don't know what his reasons are. But as far as i've seen, the official program has ended. He may re-start it; who knows? But at least for now, from what i have seen, it's ended.