- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 6, 2017

President Trump signaled Thursday that he was considering action against Syrian President Bashar Assad in response to the deadly chemical weapon attack, saying “something should happen.”

“I think what happened in Syria is a disgrace to humanity, and he’s there, and I guess he’s running things, so I guess something should happen,” Mr. Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One.

“What Assad did is terrible,” the president said. “What happened in Syria is truly one of the egregious crimes and it shouldn’t have happened. And it shouldn’t be allow to happen.”

He is meeting later with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.

The strong words come amid reports that the Pentagon is working on military options for Syria.

The chemical attack against anti-government forces in the northern province of Idlib this week killed more than 80 people, including dozens of children. Hundreds more were injured.

The U.S. has blamed the Assad regime for the attack, but Damascus and its Russian allies have denied responsibility.



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