Donald Trump brands chemical attack in Syria “affront to humanity” and slams Bashar al-Assad’s “heinous actions”

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US President Donald Trump tonight denounced the chemical attack in Syria as an “affront to humanity” as the death toll rose to 75.

Trump said the attack crossed “many, many lines” and cannot be tolerated.

The attack left 75 people – including 20 children – dead in an atrocity that brought global condemnation on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – although his forces have denied responsibility.

Trump said: “Yesterday’s chemical attack, a chemical attack so horrific in Syria against innocent people including women, small children, and even beautiful little babies — their deaths was an affront to humanity. These heinous actions by the Assad regime cannot be tolerated,

He added: “That attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me. Big impact. My attitude towards Syria and Assad has changed very much.”

Little boy gasps for breath surrounded by dead bodies

But he refused to reveal what action the US might take in response, saying disclosing military action ahead of time was a mistake the Obama administration had repeatedly made.

“I’m not saying I’m doing anything one way or another, but I’m certainly not going to be telling you.

“These heinous actions by the Assad regime cannot be tolerated,” he said.

A medical team providing support to the emergency department of Bab Al Hawa hospital in Syria’s Idlib province has confirmed that patients’ symptoms are consistent with exposure to a neurotoxic agent such as sarin gas.

A number of victims of the attack on the town of Khan…

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