Syria Chemical Attack Enrages Trump
“That attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me,” began Donald Trump, in a press conference with Jordan’s Abdullah II. Trump went on to say that his attitude toward Syria has changed drastically.
Syria killed 1,400 people in a nerve gas attack back in August of 2013 and Obama essentially did nothing about it. President Trump criticized Obama for not taking action, so he’ll likely respond to this chemical attack.
How Will Trump Respond To This Injustice?
John Roberts reports:
“Over the past couple of days, the President has used many different words to describe that gas attack on Syria: “unspeakable” and “unacceptable.” The question is: what will he do to respond?
“President Trump, today said, the image of innocent civilians, particularly children and little babies, killed and suffering so badly in the Syrian gas attack hit him very hard. In a press conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, the President said his entire approach on Syria may be changing. White House policy had been that regime changes in Syria was not a priority. In 2012, President Obama famously declared it would cross a red line if Syria used chemical weapons.”
Trump Wants To Do More Than Obama About Syria
The New York Times reports:
“The president declined to offer any details about potential action. But he said his horror at the images of “innocent children, innocent babies” choked by poison gas in a rebel-held area of Syria had caused him to reassess his approach. Only days after the White House declared it would be “silly” to persist in trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, Mr. Trump said, “My attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much.”
“It crossed a lot of lines for me,” the president declared at a news conference in the Rose Garden, referring to the “red line” that his predecessor, President Barack Obama, had drawn before a 2013 poison-gas attack by Mr. Assad’s forces. Mr. Obama’s failure to strike Syria after that, Mr. Trump claimed, sowed the conditions for this new assault. The estimated death toll was reported to have exceeded 100.”