The White House has condemned what it calls as a “heinous” chemical attack against civilians by Syria’s government. But spokesman Sean Spicer said it was a result of the Obama administration’s “weakness” in addressing the Syrian civil war. (April 4)
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday blamed Damascus and Moscow for the chemical weapons tragedy in Syria that killed dozens of women and children, warning the United States could take action if the United Nations fails to respond.
Haley, the U.S. envoy to the U.N., spoke at an emergency meeting of the Security Council. Hours later at the White House, President Trump said the attack “crossed a lot of lines for me” and “cannot be tolerated.”
Neither Haley nor Trump discussed what action the U.S. might take.
The attack Tuesday killed more than 80 people and left hundreds more suffering from effects of the gas. Images of the tiny victims sparked global outrage against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Haley dismissed the Russian claim that a Syrian airstrike hit a rebel depot where chemical weapons were manufactured and stored, causing the chemical release. The attack “bears all the hallmarks of the Assad regime,” Haley said.
“Yesterday morning we awoke to pictures (of) children foaming at the mouth, suffering convulsions, being carried in the arms of desperate parents,” she told the Security Council while holding up graphic images. “We saw rows of lifeless bodies, some still in diapers, some showing scars of a chemical weapon attack.”
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