Donald Trump held a press conference with Jordanian King Abdullah II at the White House today, and when the topic of Syria was brought up, Trump once again shifted blame to former President Obama.
Trump claims his predecessor created the conditions in Syria that led to the gas attack by backing away from his “red line” threat against Assad, leveled in August 2012, for the use of chemical weapons.
“A long time ago when he said the red line in the sand, when he did not cross that line after 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 said the responsibility for Syria is now his own.
“I now have responsibility, and I will have that responsibility and carry it very proudly,” he said. “I will tell you that. It is now my responsibility.”
King Abdullah also spoke but was cut off by Trump who said, “The world is a mess. I inherited a mess.”
Trump cuts off King Abdullah II of Jordan to say "The world is a mess. I inherited a mess." pic.twitter.com/CNLrr9nzRE
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