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Trump Condemns Assad for Using Chemical Weapons Against Syrian Citizens

• April 5, 2017 3:27 pm

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President Donald Trump condemned the Syrian government during a White House press conference with Jordanian King Abdullah II on Wednesday for reportedly using chemical weapons on its own people, calling the attack "an affront to humanity."

"It crossed a lot of lines for me," Trump said. "When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies with a chemical gas that is so lethal that people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many lines beyond the red line. Many, many lines."

Trump went on to say the attack had a "big impact" on him and that the reports of women and children dying were "horrible."

"These heinous actions by the Assad regime cannot be tolerated," Trump said. "The United States stands with our allies across the globe to condemn this horrific attack and all other horrific attacks for that matter."

Trump criticized his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, on Tuesday, faulting him for allowing the conditions in Syria that led to Assad's gas attack because he did not follow through with his August 2012 "red line" threat against the Assad regime.

He continued his criticism on Wednesday against Obama.

"A long time ago, when he said the red line in the sand, when he did not cross that line after making the threat, I think that set us back a long ways, not only in Syria but in many other parts of the world because it was a blank threat," Trump said. "I think it was something that was not one of our better days as a country."

Trump was asked during the press conference whether he would take responsibility for future action against Syria.

"I now have responsibility, and I will have that responsibility and carry it very proudly," he said. "I will tell you that. It is now my responsibility."