Trump blames Obama for Idlib attack, does not specify response

resident Donald Trump released a statement on Tuesday saying the Syria gas attack was "a consequence of the past administration's weakness and irresolution."

LOS ANGELES, United States (Kurdistan24) - President Donald Trump released a statement on Tuesday saying the Syria gas attack was "a consequence of the past administration's weakness and irresolution."

He added that the attack "crossed a lot of lines for me," but he did clarify how the United States would respond to the event which claimed the life of at least 72 people.

The suspected chemical attack killed dozens of people on Tuesday, Syrian opposition activists said, describing the attack as among the worst in the country's six-year civil war.

Trump started his press conference with Jordan's King Abdullah II by condemning the "heinous actions" in Syria.

President Barack Obama in 2012 had said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria would be crossing a "red line." Mr. Trump was asked if that was the case with him as well.

"It crossed a lot of lines for me. When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies, with a chemical gas that is so lethal - people were shocked to hear what gas it was - that crosses many, many lines, beyond a red line, many, many lines," he said.

After being criticized for his reluctance to get involved in the matter, Trump said, "I watched past administrations say we will attack at such and such a day at such and such an hour ... I'm not saying I'm doing anything one way or the other."

Today he said, "I think the Obama administration had a responsibility to solve the crisis a long time ago. And when he didn't cross that line in 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. I think it was something that was not one of our better days as a country."

Trump added, "I now have a responsibility, and I will have that responsibility and carry it very proudly."

He said that he is open to changing his stance on issues and that the attack in Syria was an example of how current events have prompted a shift.

"I like to think of myself as a very flexible person. I don't have to have one specific way, and if the world changes, I go the same way," Trump said. "It's already happened, that my attitude towards Syria and [President Bashar al-]Assad has changed very much."

Tuesday's air raids on the Khan Sheikhoun neighborhood left at least 72 civilians killed and 557 wounded, according to local medics.

The United Nations said it would investigate the attack as a possible war crime.