Following an alleged chemical attack in Syria over the weekend, President Donald Trump laid blame at the feet of his predecessor, saying that “Animal Assad would have been history” if President Barack Obama “had crossed his stated Red Line In The Sand”.
Obama said last year that he believed his decision to negotiate rather than respond with force to Syria’s use of chemical weapons required some of the greatest “political courage” of his presidency.
That was despite Obama saying in 2012 that if Assad used chemical weapons it would cross “a red line” with the U.S. The United Nations accused Syria of using chemical weapons on its own people in 2013.
“You generally get praised for taking military action, and you’re often criticized for not doing so,” Obama said last May.
According to State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert, officials are paying close attention to the “disturbing reports … regarding another alleged chemical weapons attack, this time targeting a hospital in Douma, Syria.”