In an interview Wednesday morning, President Trump promised that "we are not going into Syria," but said that he will respond if Assad continues to use weapons of mass destruction. He also warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that he is backing the wrong guy.
"We’re not going into Syria," Trump told Maria Bartiromo during an exclusive interview on FOX Business. "But when I see people using horrible, horrible chemical weapons… and see these beautiful kids that are dead in their father's arms, or you see kids gasping for life… when you see that, I immediately called General Mattis."
"What I did should have been done by the Obama administration a long time before I did it," Trump also said. "I think Syria would be a lot better off right now than it has been."
"If Russia didn’t go in and back this animal [Assad], you wouldn’t have a problem right now," Trump said later.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Putin is backing a person thatis truly an evil person, and I think it is very bad for Russia, it is very bad for mankind, it is very bad for this world. But when you drop gas, or bombs, or barrel bombs -- they have these massive barrels with dynamite and they drop them right in the middle of a group of people. And in all fairness, you see the same kids with no arms, no legs, no face. This is an animal.