President Donald Trump said April 5 that the chemical attack in Syria changed his stance on the country's civil war and suggested a possibility that he might be considering military intervention.
"My attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much," the president said at a press conference in the White House Rose Garden with King Abdullah II of Jordan, according to Fox News.
Trump said that the "heinous actions by the Assad regime cannot be tolerated" and suggested that he might shift his approach to foreign policy.
"That attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me," said Trump. "Big impact. That was a horrible, horrible thing. It doesn't get any worse than that."
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On April 4, at least 72 people in Khan Sheikhoun, located in Syria's Idlib province, died after choking and foaming at the mouth, reports the BBC. Of those deaths, 20 were children. The World Health Organization stated that the symptoms suggested that a neurotoxic chemical like sarin gas was used.
"We were affected by the gas," said one woman in a Turkish hospital, according to the BBC. "We couldn't stand up. I felt dizzy and sick. I suffer from shortness of breath. I couldn't breathe."
Some have linked the attack to Syrian President Bashar Hafez al-Assad, while many nations in the UN Security Council have suggested that Russia was behind it.
According to witnesses, many of the injured individuals then went to clinics, which were targeted in subsequent airstrikes.
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"When you kill innocent children, innocent babies … that crosses many, many lines," Trump said of the attack, according to CBS News.
Trump said that former President Barack Obama was partially to blame for the attack, since Obama said years ago that Syria using chemical weapons would "cross a red line" but then did not implement military force in the region after the country suffered from such attacks, notes The New York Times.
"I think the Obama administration had a great opportunity to solve this crisis," Trumpp said, according to The Times. "When he didn't cross that line, after making the threat, I think that set us back a long ways. It was a blank threat."
Trump implied that he will handle the crisis differently but did not share specifics or state overtly if he would use military force on Assad.
"I'm not saying I'm doing anything one way or the other," Trump told a reporter who asked if he would send troops into the country. "But I'm certainly not going to be telling you, as much as I respect you."