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Trump Threatens ‘Animal Assad’ Over Chemical Attack In Syria… Slams Obama, Russia and Iran

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President Trump slammed former President Barack Obama on Twitter for not crossing his stated “red line” with Syria. This came amid reports of a suspected chemical attack that left at least 42 dead near the capital. He also warned Russia and Iran there will be a “big price to pay” for backing the Assad regime.

The attack took place in Douma during a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces. Allegedly, the chemical was delivered in barrel bombs that were dropped on the citizens of the town from helicopters. First responders said they found families suffocated in their homes and shelters, with foam on their mouths.

“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,” Trump said. “President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price to pay. Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK!”

Trump tore into Obama, who vowed in 2012 that such actions would cross a “red line” in Syria, but later failed to enforce the promise a year later when hundreds of Syrians were killed by sarin gas. Instead, he negotiated a multi-nation deal in which Syrian President Bashar Assad pledged to remove his chemical-weapons stockpile. He never did. “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!” the President said.

The Syrian Civil Defense were able to document 42 fatalities, but were impeded from searching further by strong odors that gave their rescuers difficulties breathing, said Siraj Mahmoud, a spokesman for the group, which is known as the White Helmets. Hundreds were sickened by the attack. The Syrian government and its allies — the Russian military and militias backed by Iran — have surrounded and bombarded the area, killing more than 1,600 people and forcing tens of thousands to flee, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict from Britain through contacts in Syria.

In a statement from the Syrian government, they strongly denied they were behind the attack. This is the norm for Assad. He has done this every time. So has Putin and the Iranians. It did not stop President Trump last time and it is unlikely to deter him this time. They said the claims were “fabrications” by the Army of Islam, calling it a “failed attempt” to impede government advances. “The army, which is advancing rapidly and with determination, does not need to use any kind of chemical agents,” the statement said.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert stated that DC was closely following “disturbing reports” of the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma. “These reports, if confirmed, are horrifying and demand an immediate response by the international community,” she said in a statement. The alleged gas attack in Douma comes almost exactly a year after a chemical attack in the northern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun killed dozens of people. That attack prompted the U.S. to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base. President Trump said the attack was meant to deter further Syrian use of illegal weapons. It also comes just days after Trump imposed sanctions on 38 Russian oligarchs, including Putin’s son-in-law.

White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert told ABC’s “This Week” that another possible strike on Syria is “not off the table” after the latest apparent chemical attack. The Syrians should probably take that statement to heart and fast. Bossert said that Trump’s national security team has been reviewing photos of the incident and that it’s a “serious problem.”

Maj. Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying Russia was prepared to send specialists to Douma to “confirm the fabricated nature” of the reports. This is the same tack they took on the nerve agent that was just recently used in Britain in an attempted assassination of a former spy and his daughter there.

Sen. Lindsey Graham told ABC in response to Trump’s tweets that this was a “defining moment” for the President. “He has challenged Assad in the past not to use chemical weapons,” said Graham. He added, “if it becomes a tweet without meaning then he’s hurt himself in North Korea, if he doesn’t follow through and live up to that tweet, he’s going to look weak in the eyes of and Russia and Iran.” Graham urged President Trump to “show a resolve that Obama never did to get this right.”

SOURCES: Fox News, The Daily Wire, The Hill, Politico, CNN, The New York Times, Haaretz, BBC News, CNBC, CBS News, The Daily Caller

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