Trump calls out Putin for backing 'Animal Assad' in Syria

In response, Trump coined a new nickname for the Syrian president, “Animal Assad,” and said Putin has a “big price to pay,” despite his well-known reluctance to criticize the Russian president. Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price… — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 8, 2018 ….to pay. Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 8, 2018 Trump also condemned Obama for failing to take action to end the protracted Syrian civil war after drawing a proverbial “red line” over the use of chemical weapons. If President Obama had crossed his stated Red Line In The Sand, the Syrian disaster would have ended long ago! Animal Assad would have been history! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 8, 2018 In 2013, the Syrian military used chemical weapons against its own people — killing nearly 1,500 civilians. Critics said Obama’s controversial decision not to retaliate with the military humiliated the United States and emboldened Russian aggression in the region. His supporters, however, generally argue that avoiding further violence was the better choice of two bad options.Trump’s penchant for demeaning nicknames and disparaging political enemies is well-known, but his refusal to criticize Putin has been a cause for concern for many Americans. Last month, Trump said that he congratulated Putin on his reelection during a “very good call” and expects to meet with him in the “not-to-distant future.”In a statement on Sunday, Russia’s foreign ministry insisted that the Assad regime is legitimate and did not use chemical weapons. The ministry called the allegations to the contrary “provocations.”“We must once more warn that a military intervention under far-fetched and fabricated pretexts in Syria, where there are Russian soldiers at the request of the legitimate Syrian government, is absolutely unacceptable and could have the most dire consequences,” the Russian foreign ministry said.“The goal of this speculation,” the ministry continued, “is to cover for the terrorists and the radical opposition who are rejecting a political settlement.”Read more from Yahoo News:Ken Starr: Justice Department should evaluate claims by Stormy DanielsAdvocates fear ICE is targeting immigrants who speak outTrump isn’t the first president to politicize the censusWhile others march, these teens shoot. At targets.Photos: Chappaquiddick: A tragedy that changed the course of American history