Trump slams ‘Animal Assad’, says Obama should have taken care of him

In a series of tweets Sunday, US President Donald Trump commented on the apparent chemical attack in Douma, which was allegedly carried out by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad,” he tweeted.
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US President Donald Trump responded Sunday to the reports of an alleged chemical attack in Douma by slamming Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies in a series of tweets. According to Syrian rebels and aid groups, Assad’s forces carried out the attack.

“Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria,” Trump wrote. “Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad.”

“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 added in another tweet.

Meanwhile, an agreement has been reached to evacuate the rebels from Douma. The deal was secured after Assad offered to hold negotiations with the rebels.

On Saturday, the US State Department said that the reports out of Syria are “disturbing” and if confirmed, the international community will need to respond immediately. “The United States continues to use all efforts available to hold those who use chemical weapons, in Syria and otherwise, accountable. The regime’s history of using chemical weapons against its own people is not in dispute, and in fact nearly one year ago on April 4, 2017, Assad’s forces conducted a sarin gas attack on Khan Sheikhoun, which killed approximately 100 Syrians,” the State Department said in a statement.

Russia and Syria have denied the allegations that the Syrian forces used chemical weapons, deeming the reports fake news. However, the Turkish Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the reports.

Aid organizations based in Syria are claiming that at least 150 people were murdered and over 1,000 were injured in the attack.

On Sunday afternoon, Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef commented on the crisis in Syria: “I have said in the past and I will say it again, what’s happening in Syria is genocide of women and children in its cruelest form, using weapons of mass destruction. We have a moral obligation not to keep quiet and to try and stop this massacre. As Jews who have experienced genocide, as Jews whose Torah is a light to the nations, it is our moral obligation to try and stop this murder, it is an obligation no less important than the moral obligation to destroy nuclear reactor in Syria.”

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