By: Agence France-Presse
US President Donald Trump accused Syria’s chief Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday of committing “horrible” crimes towards humanity and vowed to stop his regime from finishing up any extra chemical assaults.
Speaking at a White House press convention with Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Trump additionally known as the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah a risk to the complete Middle East.
Trump pledged continued US army assist to Lebanon following his Oval Office assembly with Hariri.
“I’m not a fan of Assad. I certainly think that what he’s done to that country and to humanity is horrible,” Trump mentioned.
Recalling that he had ordered cruise missile strikes on Assad for utilizing chemical weapons, Trump mentioned: “I am not somebody that will stand by and let him get away with what he tried to do.”
Trump additionally claimed Syria right now had his predecessor Barack Obama taken motion towards Assad after drawing a “red line in the sand.”
“Had president Obama gone across that line and done what he should have done, I don’t believe you’d have Russia, and I don’t believe you’d have Iran, anywhere near the extent and maybe not at all, in Syria today,” he mentioned.
Trump accused Iran and Hezbollah, which the United States considers a “foreign terrorist organization,” of fueling the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.
“Hezbollah is a menace to the Lebanese state, the Lebanese people and the entire region,” he mentioned.
“The group continues to increase its military arsenal which threatens to start yet another conflict with Israel,” Trump mentioned. “With the support of Iran, the organization is also fueling humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.”
Hezbollah’s “true interests are those of itself and its sponsor, Iran,” he added.
Trump demurred when requested to remark on potential further sanctions towards Hezbollah.
“I’ll be making my position very clear over the next 24 hours,” he mentioned. “I have meetings with some of my very expert military representatives and others, so I’ll be making that decision very shortly.”
Trump praised the Lebanese military for “combating frequently to protect Lebanon’s border and forestall ISIS (the Islamic State group) and different terrorists… from gaining a foothold inside their nation.
“The United States military has been proud to help in that fight and will continue to do so,” he mentioned. “America’s assistance can help ensure that the Lebanese army is the only defender Lebanon needs.”
The present draft State Department funds requires cuts in US army help and analysts say Lebanon might be among the many nations affected.(AFP)