In explaining why he ordered airstrikes on Syria last week, President Trump on Tuesday said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “backing a person that’s truly an evil person,” in reference to Syrian president Bashar Assad.
Trump added, “I think it’s very bad for Russia, it’s very bad for mankind, it’s very bad for this world.”
Speaking with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo, Trump said, “When you drop gas, or bombs, or barrel bombs — 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.”
He continued, “I will tell you that when I looked at the pictures… 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.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave Putin an ultimatum on Tuesday that Russia must choose between allying with Syria and Hezbollah, or with the United States and the rest of the world.
As U.S./Russian relations get increasingly hostile, Democrats and other Trump detractors are now re-thinking their accusations that President Trump had colluded with the Russians to win the presidency.
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