President Trump: “I Think What Assad Did Is Terrible,’ Calls The Chemical Attack ‘Unacceptable’
By CBS NEWS // April 6, 2017
ABOVE VIDEO: President Trump on Wednesday said the apparent chemical attack in Syria “crossed a lot of lines for me.” Calling the attack “unacceptable,” Trump said it took the conflict in Syria “to a whole different level.” CBSN political contributor and TIME political reporter Zeke Miller discusses the evolution of Trump’s stance on Syria.
(CBS NEWS) – President Trump blamed the chemical attack in Syria squarely on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying, “I think what Assad did is terrible.”
Travelling on Air Force One to Florida, Mr. Trump told reporters the attack “shouldn’t have happened” and “shouldn’t be allowed to happen.” Asked directly whether Assaid should leave power, the president said, “I think what happened in Syria is a disgrace to humanity. He’s there and I guess he’s running things, so something should happen.”
He called the attack that resulted in the death of at least 72 people “one of the truly egregious crimes.” Mr. Trump denied reports that he had told any members of Congress that he planned to use military action in Syria.
Defense Secretary James Mattis will brief President Trump on military options against Syria, CBS News’ David Martin reports, after the attack in northern Syria.
Mr. Trump is going to be briefed by Mattis in Florida on some options, one of which would be cruise missile strikes from U.S. Navy ships. Options for targets include command and control headquarters, suspected chemical weapons facilities and Syrian military forces, according to Martin.
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