President Donald Trump said today that the chemical weapons attack in Syria is a 'terrible affront to humanity' during an Oval Office photo op with King Abdullah II of Jordan and his wife, Queen Rania, and the First Lady of the United States, Melania
* White House blamed Barack Obama for Bashar al-Assad's latest assault on his own people, sidestepping any responsibility on Tuesday
* Trump administration said last week it was no longer a 'priority' to get Assad out
* The president took responsibility for the crisis at a Wednesday news conference
* Trump said the 'horrible, horrible' sarin gas attack that killed small children and 'beautiful babies' had a 'big impact' on him and he was changing his position
* Said Obama could have made his job easier by following through on his 'red line' threat to Assad, though
* Would not disclose plans for possible military action while declaring 'flexibility'
* Daughter Ivanka sent a tweet Wednesday morning condemning the strike
* US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley asked Russia how many more kids have to die before the country cares and said the US could act unilaterally
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that it is now his responsibility to resolve the humanitarian and political crisis in Syria as he opened the door to military action in the country.
Trump upped the ante in a Rose Garden press conference after having said earlier in the day that the the chemical weapons attack is a 'terrible affront to humanity.'
'My attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much,' Trump declared, suggesting with the statement that he may be reconsidering his directive to US diplomats to take their focus off removing Bashar al-Assad from power.
The 'horrible, horrible' sarin gas attack that killed small children and 'beautiful babies' had a 'big impact' on the president, who declared Wednesday that the attack 'crossed a lot of lines.'
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WNU Editor: President Trump did not win the U.S. Presidential election on a policy of using the military to intervene in other countries. He won on a policy of America first. Economic nationalism. Better trade deals. Controlling the border. And definitely not being the World's policeman. And I am just cringing seeing the same people who pushed for the Iraq war now saying that we should escalate our military intervention in a place like Syria. And what is even more worrisome to me .... many of these former Bush supporters and neocons are now in the national security and defense establishment of the Trump administration .... and that those who would voice their opposition to such an intervention .... even with all of their faults like Michael Flynn and Steve Bannon .... are now out.
I understand that the world is a terrible place, ruled by tyrants who use brutal tactics to suppress their people. But if the Trump administration should decide to expand and escalate their military involvement against the Syrian regime and their Russian/Iranian backers .... President Trump better get all of America's allies together to tangibly and substantially support such an intervention in a very meaningful way. Because going alone .... especially against the Syrian/Russian/Iranian axis .... is only going to guarantee a no-win war with a real potential of it escalating into something far worse.