‘It Crossed a Lot of Lines for Me’: Trump on Whether Syrian Chemical Attack Crossed a ‘Red Line’

During Wednesday’s joint news conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah II. President Donald Trump spoke out about his criticism of the previous administration regarding Syria and how the latest chemical attack on Syrian citizens has shaped his view of the Syrian regime.

Asked by the Associated Press’s Julie Pace about his statement on the attack where he seemed to criticize former President Obama, Trump explained that he felt the former administration “had a responsibility to solve the crisis a long time ago.” He also stated that when Obama didn’t cross the red line set again Syria, it “set us back a long way.”

Pressed by Pace on whether he believes that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad crossed a red line, the president had the following to say:

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

It should be noted that back in 2013, Trump spoke out publicly against military action towards Syria in response to Assad using chemical weapons against his people. That was at a time when Obama was looking for Congressional approval to intervene.

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