WASHINGTON — United States President Donald Trump lashed out at Russian President Vladimir Putin by name on Sunday over a reported chemical attack against civilians in a rebel-held town in Syria, likely carried out by regime forces.
Moscow immediately struck back, warning the Trump administration that “the gravest of consequences” would follow any retributive US military action.
The attack in Douma reportedly killed dozens and wounded hundreds more, according to independent Syria monitors, who have collected accounts and imagery from afar due to a lack of access to the site.
“Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad.”
“Big price to pay,” Trump continued, nicknaming the embattled Syrian dictator and lashing out at his own predecessor, Barack Obama, for failing to act in Syria sooner.