President Donald Trump on Sunday vowed there would be a “big price to pay” for the “mindless CHEMICAL attack” that killed dozens of people in a rebel-held enclave in Syria, and an administration official said no options are being excluded from consideration.
As grisly images emerged of bodies in basements and bloodied survivors at hospitals in Eastern Ghouta, Trump made a rare criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He said Putin shared the blame for the deaths through Russia’s support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price to pay,” Trump tweeted. “Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK!”
Trump also blamed the Obama administration for not ousting the Assad government.
“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!” he tweeted.
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