Trump always said that his intent was to support Assad and destroy ISIS, with the help of Russia. So it was necessary to kill this insane notion of “moderate terrorists” in the minds of the people.
This secret “fact-finding mission” is a great step in that direction.
Representative Tulsi Gabbard was a supporter of Assad for a while now, and was even considered for a role in the Trump administration. She’s met with Trump before departing on her mission, and it would make a lot of sense that he’s the one who tasked her with the job.