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The country’s emotions ran high as horrific images flooded in from Syria on Tuesday, where dictator Bashar al-Assad killed dozens and wounded hundreds more in a chemical weapon attack on his own people. “Even by the horrors of the Syrian civil war, what happened today will stand out as a crime against humanity,” was the first sentence uttered by Anchor Scott Pelley as CBS Evening News came on the air. But he then seemed to insinuate that the blame rested at President Trump’s feet.
“The attack came five days after the Trump administration signaled that the Syrian dictator would not be held accountable for the slaughter of his people,” stated a very serious Pelley, “The Trump administration said Bashar al-Assad could remain in power, a reversal of Obama-era policy that said Assad had to go.”
“Despite the appeasing change in his policy, Mr. Trump blamed today's attack on President Obama calling it a ‘Consequence of the past administration's weakness,’” he continued to chide.
Pelley’s claim that the Trump administration was giving a free pass to a murderous monster, had been a common narrative circulating around the liberal media for the past few days. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told reporters that when it came to Assad “Do we think he's a hindrance? Yes … Are we going to sit there and focus on getting him out? No.” But Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also stated that the “longer-term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people.”
Yet when it came to the efforts of former President Barack Obama, who never made a serious attempt to take out Assad after he crossed the infamous “red line,” CBS defended them from Trump.