At least 100 people are dead in a chemical attack in Syria on Tuesday. It is one of the deadliest chemical launches in years.
UPDATE: Syrian medical relief group UOSSM raises death toll in Syria chemical attack to 100, 400 injured— Reuters World (@ReutersWorld) April 4, 2017
Airstrikes launched by the Syrian government over the city of Khan Sheikhoun released a poisonous gas that choked civilians, according to the BBC. The Bashar al-Assad regime, however, denies they were behind the attack.
In an off-camera briefing on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in part blamed the Obama administration's weak foreign policy on the tragedy.
BREAKING: WH says Syria chemical attack is "reprehensible," a "consequence of the past administration's weakness and irresolution."— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) April 4, 2017
In 2012, President Obama declared that the U.S. was drawing a "red line" in Syria. If the Assad regime crossed that red line and used chemical weapons, there would be consequences, he said at the time.
As we now know, it was an empty threat. Many are urging Trump to not make the same mistake.