President Trump sat down with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo on Tuesday to discuss the recent attack on Syria and our nations current relationship with Vladimir Putin and Russia.
During their conversation the President gave his fullest, and most visceral explanation for why we launched an attack on Syria last week. He also spoke directly to Russia’s premier Vladimir Putin, saying that he did not believe it was in Russia’s best interest to support a man as evil as Bashar Assad. Interestingly, the President also used a line that was striking similar to the one that his press secretary recently got into so much trouble for.
“Frankly, Putin is backing a person that’s truly an evil person. And I think it’s very bad for Russia, it’s very bad for mankind, it’s very bad for this world. But when you drop gas, or bombs, or barrel bombs… They have these massive barrels with dynamite and they drop them right in the middle of a group of people. And in all fairness, you see the same kids, no arms, no legs, no face. This is an animal…
I will tell you that when I looked at the pictures – especially when you see them on television. And you see these beautiful kids that are dead in their father’s arms. Or you see kids gasping for life, and you know they’re, it’s over, it’s over for them. They’re hosing them down. Hundreds of them.
When you see that, I immediately called General Mattis, I said, ‘what can we do?’ and they came back with a number of different alternatives. And we hit them very hard. Now, are we going to get involved in Syria? No. But if I see them using gas, and using things that, I mean, even some of the worst tyrants in the world didn’t use the kind of gases that they used. And some of the gases are unbelievably potent. So when I saw that I said we have to do something.”
— Jon Williams (@WilliamsJon) April 12, 2017