U.S. and Russia At Odds Over Chemical Attack in Syria

April 5, 2017

 

The U.S. and Russia are now at odds over the cause of the chemical attack in Syria that killed over 70 people, including 10 children — and some have updated it to 100 people. 

 

A Russian general said the chemical weapons were in the hands of Syrian rebels and they exploded when Russian airstrikes hit the area — placing the blame on the Syrian rebels. Russia also criticized people who pointed to them as supporting al-Assad in this chemical attack, saying there were inaccurate reports about it. 

 

But our ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Nikki Haley, during an emergency UN Security Council meeting, put the responsibility on Syrian government forces and said Russia was blocking the council from making a strong response to condemn the attack. 

 

Haley said the U.S. could take action — saying how many more children have to die before Russia cares? 

 

Representatives from France and Britain also criticized Russia for siding with Syrian government forces.

 

This afternoon President Trump said this attack was horrific and can’t be tolerated — saying the attack was against innocent people, women, small children, and beautiful little babies. Trump said this attack was done by the Assad regime and that this attack had a big impact on him — that it changed his attitude towards Syria and Assad and crossed a lot of lines for him.

 

He said the comments while standing next to King Abdullah II of Jordan in a joint press conference. 

 

This marks the first serious potential international conflict between the U.S. and Russia since Trump took office.

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