On Wednesday, President Trump said that he is now responsible for addressing the growing crisis in Syria, as well as other international issues. He pinned the blamed on the Obama administration for causing the distress among these countries.
“I have to just say that the world is a mess. I inherited a mess,” he said.
During a White House press conference, Trump told reporters that former President Obama had a “great opportunity” to de-escalate the situation in Syria, a country that’s been suffering from a 6 year civil war.
Trump criticized Obama for refusing to take action after Syrian President Assad used chemical weapons against his own people in 2013. Currently, Assad is being accused of killing over seventy citizens with another chemical attack on Tuesday.
“I think that set us back a long way, not only in Syria but in the rest of the world,” Trump said in the Rose Garden, alongside Jordan King Abdullah II. “I now have responsibility … and carry that proudly.”
Syria is no stranger to such accusations. The Syrian government is being held responsible of conducting at least eight chemical attacks using chlorine gas on opposition-controlled residential areas during the final months in the battle for Aleppo last year that killed at least nine civilians and injured 200.
Also, a joint investigation by the United Nations and the international chemical weapons watchdog determined the Syrian government was behind at least three attacks in 2014 and 2015 involving chlorine gas. The Islamic State group was also found responsible for at least one attack involving mustard gas.
At the press conference, President Trump also mentioned the North Korean threat. Trump said his “responsibility” to address it “could’ve … been made a lot easier if it was handled years ago.”
On Thursday, Trump plans to meet with China’s Xi Jinping, where he will discuss his response to North Korea.
The President said he will do “whatever it takes” to fix the situation.