Trump Tweeted like the madman he is this morning. His blaming President Obama and attacking Hillary Clinton is no news. He jabs President Xi and The Washington Post in his Twitter tantrum. Nothing shocking there. However, actually naming Putin, not merely Russia, as responsible for “Animal Assad’s” chemical attack, that is news. Joy Reid said it was like he said Voldemort out loud.
This is getting major coverage, at least on MSNBC. It will be interesting to see how Fox News covers the story.
The world now awaits to see if Putin has at long last crossed a Trump red line and how the United States will respond. How far will Trump dare to go to incur the wrath of Vlad?
Did watching coverage of Assad’s chemical attack cause a rare flash of human emotion (doubt it), did someone on Fox say something against Putin (most likely), did General Kelly finally get him to name Putin directly (doubt it)? I don’t see Trump as being so reckless as to stop his fawning obeisance to Putin.
Read the Tweets bottom to top to see how Trump’s anger developed over the course of two hours.
If President Obama had crossed his stated Red Line In The Sand, the Syrian disaster would have ended long ago! Animal Assad would have been history!
….to pay. Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK!
Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price…
President Xi and I will always be friends, no matter what happens with our dispute on trade. China will take down its Trade Barriers because it is the right thing to do. Taxes will become Reciprocal & a deal will be made on Intellectual Property. Great future for both countries!
The Washington Post is far more fiction than fact. Story after story is made up garbage – more like a poorly written novel than good reporting. Always quoting sources (not names), many of which don’t exist. Story on John Kelly isn’t true, just another hit job!
The statement issued by the State Department On the Chemical Attack in Douma
We continue to closely follow disturbing reports on April 7 regarding another alleged chemical weapons attack, this time targeting a hospital in Douma, Syria. Reports from a number of contacts and medical personnel on the ground indicate a potentially high number of casualties, including among families hiding in shelters. These reports, if confirmed, are horrifying and demand an immediate response by the international community.
The United States continues to use all efforts available to hold those who use chemical weapons, in Syria and otherwise, accountable. The regime’s history of using chemical weapons against its own people is not in dispute, and in fact nearly one year ago on April 4, 2017, Assad’s forces conducted a sarin gas attack on Khan Sheikhoun, which killed approximately 100 Syrians.
The Assad regime and its backers must be held accountable and any further attacks prevented immediately. Russia, with its unwavering support for the regime, ultimately bears responsibility for these brutal attacks, targeting of countless civilians, and the suffocation of Syria’s most vulnerable communities with chemical weapons. By shielding its ally Syria, Russia has breached its commitments to the United Nations as a framework guarantor. It has betrayed the Chemical Weapons Convention and UN Security Council Resolution 2118. Russia’s protection of the Assad regime and failure to stop the use of chemical weapons in Syria calls into question its commitment to resolving the overall crisis and to larger non-proliferation priorities.
The United States calls on Russia to end this unmitigated support immediately and work with the international community to prevent further, barbaric chemical weapons attacks.
Trump indicated during a joint press conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah II last April that the Syrian leader had gone too far with an attack in the rebel-held province of Idlib.
“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.”
“I will tell you, what happened yesterday is unacceptable to me,” Trump added.
Trump also said reports of women and children who had died had a “big impact” on him and caused him to rethink his strategy toward Assad.
“I do change. I am flexible. I am proud of that flexibility,” Trump said. “I will tell you that attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me. Big impact. It was a horrible, horrible thing. I’ve been watching it and seeing it, and it does not get any worse than that. I have that flexibility. And it is very, very possible, and I will tell you it is already happened, that my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much.”