Donald Trump warns of military action after Syria chemical massacre

April 6, 2017 | By | Reply More

At least 100 people were killed more than 400 injured in Tuesday morning chemical attack on rebel-held town in northern Syria. Residents were found convulsing and foaming at the mouth.

donald trumpAfter previous major chemical attacks in Syria in 2013, Trump strongly urged then-president Barack Obama not to order military intervention against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

And he came to office promising both to improve ties with Assad’s ally President Vladimir Putin of Russia and to focus US efforts in Syria solely on the defeat of the Islamic State group.

But on Wednesday — as footage emerged of Syrian children choking to death in agony — he declared that his view of the conflict had been changed by an attack that “cannot be tolerated.”

“It crossed a lot of lines for me,” Trump told reporters at a joint White House news conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah, alluding to Obama’s failure to enforce his own 2013 “red line.”

“When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies… that crosses many, many lines, beyond a red line, many, many lines,” he warned.

“I will tell you, it’s already happened, that my attitude towards Syria and Assad has changed very much… You’re now talking about a whole different level.”

Trump did not go into detail about what any US response to the atrocity would be — and he has previously opposed deeper US military involvement in Syria’s civil war.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, warned of unilateral action and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged Russia to rethink its support for Assad.

“There is no doubt in our mind that the Syrian regime under the leadership of Bashar al-Assad is responsible for this horrific attack,” Tillerson told reporters.

“And we think it is time for the Russians to really think carefully about their continuing support for the Assad regime.”

Tillerson is due in Moscow next week for talks that will now be clouded by the Khan Sheikhun controversy.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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