World Trump uncharacteristically slams Putin after reports of Syria attack

09:27  10 april  2018
09:27  10 april  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

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President Trump uncharacteristically criticized Vladimir Putin in a Sunday post on Twitter that condemned a suspected chemical attackand disparaged Russia and Iran.

The tweet appeared to be his first post slamming the Russian president, who Trump blamed in part for backing President Bashar al-Assad. He referred to the death of women and children as resulting from a "mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria."

The comment is arguably Trump's strongest critique of Russia since he took office 442 days ago.

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Last spring, President Trump responded to a chemical weapons attack on civilians by Syria by attacking a Syrian air force base with almost 60 Tomahawk missiles. 'President Putin , Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad'. "President Trump can reset the table", Graham said.

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“President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad,” the tweet read.

Syrian aid groups and activists allege that dozens of people died in a suspected chemical weapons attack on the city of Douma, the last rebel stronghold in eastern Ghouta where Assad has pursued an intensive bombing campaign.

The Syrian American Medical Society said that more than 500 cases, mostly women and children, suffered symptoms “indicative of exposure to a chemical agent” and 42 were reported dead.

Both Syria and Russia deny involvement in Sunday’s alleged chemical attack.

Trump said that the area affected by the alleged chemical attack was surrounded by the Syrian army “making it completely inaccessible to outside world.”

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“Open area immediately for medical help and verification,” Trump tweeted. “Another humanitarian disaster for no reasons whatsoever. SICK!”

Trump previously ordered a Tomahawk missile strike against a Syrian airbase for a similar chemical attack in April 2017.

Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that the White House is considering how to respond and that the national security team had been speaking to the president “all throughout the evening and the morning.”

“I wouldn’t take anything off the table,” he said.

The State Department, meanwhile, provided a full-throated critique of Russia in a statement on Saturday night that claimed that the nation had “breached its commitments to the United Nations” and called “into question [Russia’s] commitment to resolve the overall crisis and to larger non-proliferation priorities.”

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Trump uncharacteristically criticizes Putin after reports of chemical attack in Syria . The tweet appeared to be his first post slamming the Russian president, who Trump blamed in part for backing President Bashar al-Assad.

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“Russia, with its unwavering support for the [Assad] regime, ultimately bears responsibility for these brutal attacks, targeting of countless civilians, and the suffocation of Syria’s most vulnerable communities with chemical weapons,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

Last week, Trump reluctantly agreed to keep U.S. troops in Syria, though he stressed to his national security team his desire to end U.S. involvement in the conflict as soon as possible.

Republican and Democrat leaders decried the alleged chemical attack on Sunday, calling for the U.S. to hold the Assad government accountable.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who serves on the Armed Services Committee called on the White House to act.

“If [the president] doesn’t follow through and live up to that tweet, he’s going to look weak in the eyes of Russia and Iran,” Graham said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “This is a defining moment.”

Others from the president's own party piled on.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that Trump should rethink his plans for an early withdrawal from Syria and consider another targeted attack on Syria's military facilities, such as the one he ordered a year ago.

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"That may be an option that we should consider now," she said. "But it is further reason why it is so important that the president ramp up the pressure and the sanctions on the Russian government, because, without the support of Russia, I do not believe that Assad would still be in office."

In the House, Republicans were also riled up and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said that the United States should continue to lead in holding Assad and Russia accountable.

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who serves as chair of the House Homeland Security Committee voiced his agreement on Fox News and called for military action.

“We’re not going to occupy countries anymore, but this cannot stand in the civilized world,” McCaul said. “This needs to be responded to in a very firm and strong way. I think we need to deal also with Russia and Iran’s involvement in this. I think they are complicit.”

Democrats also called for the White House to act and coordinate an international response.

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that "President Assad needs to be held accountable for his war crimes."

"We need to make sure that there is a proceeding started by the international community to hold him accountable," said Cardin, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "This is not the first use of chemical weapons."

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said it could affect Mike Pompeo, who Trump nominated to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, as he enters Senate confirmation hearings this week.

“The United States must not waiver in our utter rejection of the use of chemical weapons anywhere in the world, by anyone, for any reason," Menedez said in a statement. "During his upcoming hearing, I expect Secretary of State-nominee Pompeo to articulate an actual policy for Syria.”

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