President Trump just blamed former President Barack Obama for not taking enough action in Syria and says he’s ultimately to blame for the chemical attack by the Assad regime that has killed dozens of civilians on Trump’s watch. Yes – Trump is refusing to take blame even though he’s currently the President of the United States.
But, here’s the thing: back in 2013 Trump urged President Obama to stay out of Syria as he was considering airstrikes in retaliation to sarin gas attacks that killed 1,400 people. Obama decided to take a more diplomatic route when then Secretary of State John Kerry orchestrated a deal with Russia to get rid of their chemical stockpiles – at least that was the plan at the time.
Now Trump wants you to think it’s all Obama’s fault. Here’s a statement made by Trump during his joint press conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri:
“When President Obama drew the red line in the sand, and then he should have crossed that red line (meaning Obama) because some horrible acts took place including gas and the killing through gases. That was a bad day for this country, and I go a step further: had President Obama had gone across that line and done what he should have done, I don’t believe you’d have Russia, and I don’t believe you’d have Iran to anywhere near the extent and maybe not at all In Syria today.”
But, check out the tweet storm Trump sent out at the time.
It’s clear that Trump is trying to have it both ways here and pass on the blame to Obama – even though Obama did precisely what Trump said, believe it or not.
Those tweets were from 2013. But even in the general election, as The New York Times reports, Trump also had a non-interventionist stance against Syria. He repeatedly criticized Hillary Clinton and President Obama for trying to push for “immediate regime change in Syria.” Now he’s attacking Obama for not doing anything, even though that’s what he said was the best approach. It’s just silly.