US President Donald Trump claims the current administration's predecessors have much to do with forcing the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime to use chemical weapons against civilians in a village. The attack, which killed hundreds of victims, used chemicals banned by conventional rules of engagement, and it happened because the former Obama administration was "weak and irresolute."
As reported by ABC News, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said a suspected chemical attack happened in the northern region of Syria, a village named Khan Sheikhoun. The Syrian government airstrike intended to flush out rebels had hit a rebel weapons cache, which accidentally released the toxic chemicals and killed more than 72 civilians and 20 children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
According to the Syrian military, it did not use chemical weapons during its raid on the rebel-held village. The Syrian Foreign Ministry said Damascus is said to be committed to its legal obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention it signed in 2013.
Meanwhile, The Guardian reported that US Envoy to the UN Nikki Haley said she would hold a special Security Council session on Syria Wednesday morning. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Al-Assad's regime operates "with brutal, unabashed barbarism" after its open attack against the village using "horrific attacks."
In Syria, a Syrian Civil Defense volunteer at the scene cited by ABC News said he was "moved" when a house they entered had an entire family with four children slowly asphyxiated by the chemical attack in the northern Syrian village. The only consolation for the family, according to the volunteer, was they died in their beds.
Obama's policy against Syria was that should the country use chemical weapons against civilians, the former US administration would declare it a "crossing of a 'red line'" where the US would be forced to act in an unspecified but aggressive manner. The regime did use the weapons, twice today counting the first chemical attack in Aleppo that killed dozens of children and hundreds of civilians. The former US administration did not perform any new measures except to condemn the attack.