While President Obama’s terms in office marked the beginning of
widespread use of CIA drones for assassination campaigns, in his last
couple of years in office, he dramatically shifted focus, aiming to
limit CIA drone operations to intelligence gathering and confining the
authority to carry out strikes to the Pentagon.
President Trump appears to have quietly reversed that limitation since coming into office, with reports out of the Wall Street Journal quoting officials
as saying the CIA once again has the authority to carry out such
strikes, with Syria explicitly singled out as the main target for this
authority, and officials saying that it would likely expand elsewhere
around the region
President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up after speaking to Navy and
shipyard personnel aboard nuclear aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford at
Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., Thursday, March 2, 2017.