President Donald Trump has reportedly resisted the immensity of the 6-year-old Syrian conflict confirming that he now bears the responsibility for a was his predecessor could not end, but he also not offered anything specific he can do on it.
Trump on Wednesday said, a chemical attack in Syria that killed scores of civilians, including children, “crossed a lot of lines for me.”
“When you kill innocent children, innocent babies – babies! – little babies,” Trump said, “That crosses many, many lines. Beyond a red line, many, many lines.”
Trump said the multifaceted conflict “is now my responsibility,” and he appeared to reckon with the same lack of good options in Syria that repeatedly confounded former president Barack Obama.
Trump suggested that the attack Tuesday had changed his mind about his approach to Syria, which had seemed to focus exclusively on defeating the Islamic State, but he did not say what that might mean.
He said in a Rose Garden News Conference “I like to think of myself as a very flexible person, And I will tell you that attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me, big impact. That was a horrible, horrible thing, I’ve been watching it and seeing it, and it doesn’t get any worse than that.”
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, said that at least 72 people were killed, making it the deadliest chemical assault since 2013, when the Syrian government dropped sarin on the Damascus suburbs, killing hundreds of people as they slept, and bringing the United States and European allies to the verge of military intervention.