The attack, which is believed to be the work of the the Assad regime, killed anywhere between 50 to 100 people, including numerous children.
The U.S. government believes the chemical nerve agent sarin was used in the attack, and has now publicly stated that the attack was “almost certainly” carried out by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
If the numbers bear out, the incident would be the deadliest chemical attack in Syria since sarin gas killed hundreds of civilians in Ghouta near Damascus in August 2013.
After nine hours of radio silence Donald Trump decided to chime in on the massacre and issue a statement in which he said that the attack "cannot be ignored by the civilized world".
Trump then, of course, went on to blame President Obama.
Trump said the attack was due to Obama's inaction towards Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad back in 2012 when it was believed he had carried out a similar chemical attack...
"These heinous actions by the Bashar al Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration's weakness and irresolution. President Obama said in 2012 that he would establish a 'red line,' against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing."
What Trump is referring to is when President Obama warned Assad that there would be consequences for using chemical weapons against his own people in 2013. But he ultimately decided not to act, in part, out of concerns that toppling Assad could lead to the rise of an even more radical group.
FACT CHECK: President Obama asked the Senate for authorization to go to war with Syria over the 2012 attacks. Before they could even draft a bill the Republican controlled Congress announced their opposition to intervention in Syria, arguing that the civil war did not pose a threat to the United States. They apparently found it easier to sit on the sidelines and complain rather that taking an active role in the confrontation.
Now despiite the accusatory tone that Trump has suddenly adopted on President Obama's choices concerning his "red line" in Syria understand that back in 2012 he held a very different view on what should be done about Assad's chemical attacks.
While he was just a loudmouthed reality star sitting his fat ass on the sidelines he in fact urged President Obama not to attack Syria over and over and over again...
Does this imbecile forget the internets saves his tweets?
To make it even more hypocritical Trump had instructed his administration to take a hands off approach and adopt an indifferent attitude towards Syria and it's President before yesterdays attacks.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who today blatantly ignored questions from reporters about the attack altogether, recently indicating a softening in US policy on the war in Syria from the days of the Obama administration. But while on a trip to Turkey last week Tillerson opined that the...
“longer-term status of President Assad, will be decided by the Syrian people,”
This is widly seen as a euphemism used by countries such as Damascus, Moscow, and Tehran to indicate that Assad isn’t going anywhere.
White House press secretary Sean "alternative facts" Spicer used almost identical language the next day, saying...
“Well, I think with respect to Assad, there is a political reality that we have to accept in terms of where we are right now.”
Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, just 6 days ago spoke of the Trump's administration's intention to soften their stance on Assad suggesting...
“We can’t necessarily focus on Assad the way that the previous administration did,” -- You pick and choose your battles and when we’re looking at this, it’s about changing up priorities and our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out,”
Hypocrites one and all just like their boss.