I’d ‘Like To Think That They Didn’t’: Trump On Whether Russia Knew About Chemical Attack

Trump went on to call Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a "butcher," especially when you "get into the gases."

During a joint news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, President Donald Trump made it known that he hoped Russia knew nothing beforehand that Syria was going to use chemical weapons in an attack.

Asked if he thought it was possible Syria could have launched that attack without Russia having prior knowledge, Trump appeared to want to give Russian President Vladimir Putin the benefit of the doubt.

“I would like to think that they didn’t know,” POTUS said. “But certainly they could have.”

He added, “They were there — so we’ll find out. General Mattis is looking into it with the entire Pentagon group that does that kind of work.”

Trump went on to call Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a “butcher,” especially when you “get into the gases.”

“I have absolutely no doubt we did the right thing,” Trump stated, referencing last week’s airstrike on a Syrian airfield.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

Justin Baragona is the editor and publisher of Contemptor. Prior to starting the site, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He currently resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.
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