Donald Trump was interviewed by Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo on Monday and gave some insight as to the direction of the United States going forward after our initial show of aggression last week against the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
“Putin is backing a person that’s truly an evil person,” Trump said, adding “this is an animal.”
“We are going to lay out what the red lines are,” Trump commented. “There cannot be any more chemical attacks on their own people, in addition some of the barrel bombs and those things, we need to start drawing those lines. Syria has always had a bubble, it’s time for the bubble to go away.”
Trump is referring to the infamous “red lines” statement by former President Barack Obama in 2013 that never led to repercussions for Assad’s previous chemical attack against civilians. That led to the United Nations choosing the Russian government to carry out thorough inspections for chemical weapons and gave them the responsibility of removing them from the possession of the Syrian government.
Regarding his opinion on whether Assad had made his close ally in the Syrian Civil War, Russia, look negligent in the matter President Trump said, “Clearly the Assad regime put the Russians into an awkward position.” He further stated, “They are quietly behind closed doors going to grab Assad and say, you will not do that again and that’s exactly, that’s the objective that everyone wants at the end.”
It seems based on that quote that Trump would rather avoid a large scale conflict when many observers feel the focus should be on the annihilation of ISIS. Many anti-war voices on both sides would rather see last weeks US attack on a Syrian airbase serve as notice to the world that the Trump Administration will not tolerate human rights abuses vs the beginning of any long offensive against the Syrian Government.
The horrific attack by Assad’s forces against innocent women and children also begs the question of whether or not Putin’s government was involved or complicit in the attack. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has previously implied Russia’s ‘incompetence’ or ‘complicity’ over the past few days.
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