On Tuesday, the White House pointed the finger at former President Obama for a deadly chemical attack that claimed the lives of dozens of civilians in northern Syria. However, President Trump had repeatedly urged Obama NOT to take military action in the region when Obama had the power.
The White House Blames Obama
White House spokesman Sean Spicer denounced the attack as “reprehensible.” But rather than sending words of encouragement to the victims and affected families as world governments normally do, the Trump White House placed the blame for the worst chemical attack in recent history on “the past administration’s weakness and irresolution.”
Spicer went on and said that the former president had pledged to establish a “red line” when it comes to the use of chemical weapons on civilians in Syria but in the end, “did nothing.”
The United States stands with our allies across the globe to condemn this intolerable act,
the press secretary added.
Any sane observer can notice the hypocrisy in the White House’s stance. Back in 2013, when Obama first spoke about the said “red line,” the U.S. threatened to intervene militarily in Syria if the government continued to use chemical weapons. But when Obama asked Congress (which by the way at the time, was controlled be the GOP) to authorize an attack, Congress declined to take responsibility and refused to cast a vote.
The White House’s efforts paid off as the Syrian regime agreed to a Russian-arranged deal to never use its chemical weapons. However, in the same year, Trump launched a campaign on Twitter asking Obama NOT to attack Syria.
Trump 2013 Twitterstorm Targeting Obama
The billionaire tweeted, sometimes in full caps, that the Obama administration should do nothing about Syria. He argued America had no stake there and should not get involved. Trump repeatedly asked Obama to stay out of this.
Here are a few tweets from that period:
If Obama attacks Syria and innocent civilians are hurt and killed, he and the U.S. will look very bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2013
What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2013
We should stay the hell out of Syria, the “rebels” are just as bad as the current regime. WHAT WILL WE GET FOR OUR LIVES AND $ BILLIONS?ZERO
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2013
The only reason President Obama wants to attack Syria is to save face over his very dumb RED LINE statement. Do NOT attack Syria,fix U.S.A.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2013
On the other hand, this week, Trump has inexplicably blamed his predecessor for not adopting a more aggressive stance against the Syrian government.
It is not the first time, Trump blames Obama for things he didn’t do or failed to do. On the campaign trail, the billionaire repeatedly told his supporters that Obama and Hillary Clinton were the “cofounders” of ISIS because they were in charge when the U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq. As side note, ISIS was created before Obama and Clinton took office, while the agreement to withdraw the troops was given the green light by a Republican, George W. Bush.
Ironically, in a 2006 TV appearance, Trump had urged Bush to pull the troops out of the war-torn country. So, it is mind-blowing how he can blame Obama for a policy he had once wholeheartedly supported.
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