In this video, CNN’s Jake Tapper looks at President Donald Trump’s recent criticism of President Barack Obama’s response in 2013 to a chemical weapons attack in Syria.
In an April 5 press conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah, Trump was asked about another chemical bombing a day earlier in a rebel-held area of northern Syria that killed dozens of people. “I think the Obama administration had a great opportunity to solve this crisis a long time ago when he said the red line in the sand,” Trump said. “And when he didn’t cross that line after making the threat, I think that set us back a long ways, not only in Syria but in many other parts of the world because it was a blank threat.”
Trump is free to criticize Obama’s handling of Syria and the “red-line” episode. But Trump ignores his own statements on the 2013 chemical weapons attack.
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