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Gas attack in Syria crossed many lines, says Trump

Apr 06, 2017, 9:03 AM EDT
U.S. President Donald Trump didn't mention Russia in his condemnation of chemical attack.
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U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday condemned the Syrian regime for launching a deadly chemical attack that killed more than 70 civilians in Idlib province a day before. Trump described the act as an “affront to humanity” that has crossed “many many lines” but stopped short of mentioning Russia, the Syrian government’s principal backer.

America's envoy to the U.N. rejected Moscow’s claim that the gas may have accidently leaked from a rebel camp depot while accusing Russia of shielding Damascus on the “same false narrative,” writes the BBC.

Trump’s latest comment may reignite a confrontation between the Kremlin and the White House after a brief phase of calm that followed as Washington announced that it was no longer focused on forcing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad out of power, notes Reuters.