He Blamed Weak Obama Policies
On Tuesday, President Trump responded to the suspected chemical weapons attack on Syrian residents-and he didn’t mince any words about who he thought was responsible. The heinous attack killed at least 58, including several children, and injured countless others. The president first issued a statement expressing his outrage:
“Today’s chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world.”
After that, he got straight to the point of assigning blame for the attack:
“These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution.”
President Trump was no doubt alluding to Obama’s famous 2012 “red line” comments where he vowed to prevent Assad from acquiring and using chemical weapons. A facetious stance that he quickly backed away from enforcing.
The strike was carried out in the rebel-occupied Idlib Province and is considered to be the worst chemical attack in years. President Trump has not yet revealed what if anything the U.S. will do in response to the attack. However, Sec. of State, Rex Tillerson has called on both Iraq and Russia, both Assad allies, to discourage him from using these weapons on…
His Own People
In his statement on the attack, Tillerson suggested that Russia and Iran are also responsible for the tragedy and urged them to use their influence with Assad:
“We call upon Russia and Iran, yet again, to exercise their influence over the Syrian regime and to guarantee that this sort of horrific attack never happens again. Russia and Iran also bear reat moral responsibility for these deaths.”
President Trump sure seems to be spending a lot of time cleaning-up after Obama. If nothing else, this attack will likely further enflame the tensions between Russia, Syria, and the United States. And, it could derail the fight against ISIS in the region. Syrian military forces have denied using chemical weapons, although there is currently no evidence to support their denial.