Trump warns of ‘big price’ to pay for Syria chemical weapons attack
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Trump warns of ‘big price’ to pay for Syria chemical weapons attack

US president blames Putin by name, as well as Iran, for backing ‘Animal Assad’ over attack that killed dozens Saturday in eastern Ghouta

This image released early Sunday, April 8, 2018 by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, shows a rescue worker carrying a child following an alleged chemical weapons attack in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus, Syria. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)
This image released early Sunday, April 8, 2018 by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, shows a rescue worker carrying a child following an alleged chemical weapons attack in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus, Syria. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

US President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to attack Iran and Russia for backing the Syrian regime, warning that there would be a “big price” to pay for the chemical weapons attack on a rebel stronghold late Saturday night that killed dozens of civilians.

“Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world,” Trump posted on Twitter.

“President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price to pay,” he tweeted. “Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK!”

“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!”

The last point referred to the answer that Obama gave in August 2012 to a journalist’s question about his thoughts on US intervention in Syria to ensure the regime’s stockpile of chemical weapons did not fall into terrorist hands.

“I have, at this point, not ordered military engagement in the situation,” Obama said, going on to add, “We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.”

The chemical weapons attack was directed at the besieged town of Douma in the enclave of eastern Ghouta, near Damascus.

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