Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said President Trump's decisive action in Syria replaced nearly a decade of weak policy from President Barack Obama.

He compared President Reagan's quick military action in the Gulf of Sidra, Libya in 1981 to Trump's strike against a Syrian airbase last week.

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Gingrich said that after years of President Carter being indecisive, Reagan struck back against a growing threat.

In that way, he said Trump supplanted Obama's "lead from behind" strategy in much of the Middle East.

"Eight years of Barack Obama being afraid to act decisively got replaced by a Donald Trump who's not afraid to take decisive steps," he said.

Gingrich added that the fact four particular countries: Syria, Iran, North Korea and Russia, were the only ones to object to Trump's actions is more reason to praise the president.

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