WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — President Donald Trump is condemning the chemical attack in Syria that left 72 people dead as an “affront to humanity” that “cannot be tolerated.”
Trump made the comments at the start of a joint news conference with Jordanian King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein at the White House on Wednesday.
A suspected chemical attack in a town in Syria’s rebel-held northern Idlib province killed dozens of people on Tuesday in one of the worst attacks in the country’s six-year civil war. The Trump administration has blamed the attack on the government of President Bashar Assad.
“When you kill innocent children, innocent babies — babies, little babies — that crosses many, many lines. Beyond the red line. Many, many lines,” Trump said.
“These heinous actions by the Assad regime cannot be tolerated,” he added.
“This is happening on our watch, on our conscience,” Abdullah said.
As a private citizen, Trump repeatedly urged the U.S. to avoid direct involvement in the Syrian civil war. But now he’s president and his thinking has evolved.
As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported, Trump blamed the Obama administration for a “mess” in Syria, but added, “I now have responsibility.”
He criticized former President Barack Obama for setting a red line in Syria on the use of banned weapons but failing to enforce it.
“I think that set us back a long ways, not only in Syria but in many other parts of the world,” he said.
Trump acknowledged Jordan’s role in hosting refugees from the conflict in Syria and announced that the U.S. will contribute more funds to…
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