During the first presidential debate with Hilary Clinton, Trump said the United States "cannot be the world's policeman".
Military force can not resolve tension over North Korea, China says, while an influential Chinese newspaper urges the North to halt its nuclear program in exchange for Chinese protection.
"What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict?" he wrote in August 2013.
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Military experts say that the use of the MOAB is strategically significant.
Army Gen. John Nicholson on Thursday gave the order for the attack on a series of tunnels used by ISIS fighters.
Mr Trump's golf trip on Friday came as North Korea's military threatened a "merciless" response to any U.S. provocation.
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Also on Thursday, the USA marked another military first, dropping a massive non-nuclear bomb never before used in combat on terrorist targets in Afghanistan.
While Gen. John Nicholson, the commander for United States forces in Afghanistan, said the MOAB was "the right weapon against the right target" - it's meant to cause "overpressure" that can crush underground tunnels and bunkers - Harmer noted that the military should "only want to use as much force as is necessary". "And, frankly, that's why they've been so successful lately", Trump told reporters.
REPORTER: Does this send a message to North Korea? During his first trip to Asia as secretary of defense in February, Mattis stated that the USA will protect its allies and partners in the region against North Korea.
Another commented: "God, do you think they're going to finally take out North Korea?"
Lawmakers have taken notice of Trump's quickly shifting policy. Sen. Trump has spoken out aggressively against North Korea this week, saying that his recent meeting with China's Xi made him realize how complicated the problem was. Trump himself acknowledged this once during the campaign when he suggested that he could walk outside the building he was in and shoot someone and his supporters would still back him.
"As is the case with every part of Trump's foreign policy, we are all trying to understand: What is the strategy?"
"If we can't figure out what it means, it's sort of hard to make that a message".