Media Tries to Implicate Trump in Syria Chemical Attack

April 9, 2018 4:44 pm Last Updated: April 9, 2018 4:44 pm

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders hit back at reporters who suggested President Donald Trump was in some way responsible for the chemical attack in Syria over the weekend.

One reporter asked if the president had been briefed that his comments about wanting to leave Syria could have played a part and emboldened Assad to carry out the attacks.

Sanders said it was “ridiculous” to conflate anything and suggest the president was in any way responsible.

“The only individuals that played a part don’t reside in this country, and I think we’ve made very clear who we think is responsible for these attacks,” she said.

A second reporter suggested that because Trump indicated an intent to leave Syria, it “essentially gave a green light to Assad.”

Sanders responded, saying, “It is outrageous to say that the president of the United States green lit something as atrocious as the actions that have taken place over the last several days.”

A chemical attack on a rebel-held town in Syria’s eastern Ghouta killed dozens of people over the weekend, according to several sources. The attack prompted Trump to tweet on April 8: “President Putin, Russia, and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price to pay.”