NBC News reports:
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday the suspected chemical attack in Syria “cannot be ignored by the civilized world” and blamed President Barack Obama’s administration for not standing up to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
“These heinous actions by the Bashar al Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution,” Spicer told reporters. “President Obama said in 2012 that he would establish a ‘red line,’ against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing.”
Obama warned Assad that there would be consequences for using chemical weapons against his own people in 2013. But he ultimately decided not to act, in part, out of concerns that toppling Assad could lead to the rise of an even more radical group.
“Today’s chemical attack in Syria against innocent people including women and children is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world,” Spicer said. He did not, however, lay out a course of action.
President Obama, do not attack Syria. There is no upside and tremendous downside. Save your “powder” for another (and more important) day!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2013
Trump now blaming Obama for being weak in Syria for red line-but Trump tweeted in 2013 urging Obama not to use force in Syria
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) April 4, 2017