President Trump took a jab at his predecessor after an attack that killed dozens

By Alana Abramson
April 04, 2017 05:07 PM
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President Trump has condemned the deadly chemical attack in Syria that killed dozens of civilians, blaming Syrian President Bashar Assad — but also faulting the foreign policy of his own predecessor Barack Obama.

“Today’s chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world,” Trump said in a statement.

At least 35 people were killed in the attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, one of the worst in the country’s six-year-long Civil War. The Syrian government has denied responsibility, but the United States is blaming Assad, and arguing that the Obama Administration enabled him.

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“These heinous actions by the Bashar Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution,” Trump said.

“President Obama said in 2012 that he would establish a ‘red line’ against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing,” he added. “The United States stands with our allies across the globe to condemn this intolerable attack.”

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Trump previously said numerous times before taking office that Obama shouldn’t attack Syria.