Said Trump in a statement released this afternoon: “Today’s chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world. These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution. President Obama said in 2012 that he would establish a ‘red line’ against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing. The United States stands with our allies across the globe to condemn this intolerable attack.”
Obama famously declared in 2012 that Syria’s use of chemical weapons would be a “red line for us.” When Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against its own citizens a year later, the U.S. did not take military action after Assad agreed to destroy his chemical weapons stockpile.
During the 2013 debate over whether the U.S. should take military action, private citizen Trump weighed in against the idea on Twitter.
“President Obama, do not attack Syria. There is no upside and tremendous downside. Save your ‘powder’ for another (and more important) day!” Trump tweeted on Sept. 7, 2013.