Former Obama-era NSC spokesman Tommy Vietor admitted Monday that the administration handed President Trump “a mess” in Syria.
“Obviously they didn’t get it all,” Vietor said, in reference to the chemical weapons used on innocent civilians by the Assad administration this weekend, “Chlorine wasn’t covered.”
“Trump was handed a mess but also hasn’t deterred Assad.”
Republicans and a very dumb columnist are resurfacing this tweet like it’s a gotcha. Shipping out 1300 metric tons of weapons-grade chemicals was a major development. Obviously they didn’t get it all. Chlorine wasn’t covered. Trump was handed a mess but also hasn’t deterred Assad
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) April 8, 2018
Dozens of Syrians died in a chemical attack near Damascus Saturday. The victims were choking and foaming at the mouth and evidence of chlorine gashas been found at the scene. Hundreds more are being treated with symptoms of a chemical gas agent.
The attack is another devastating blow to Obama-era policies in the region.
President Obama famously promised a “red line” with Assad, but there was no major retaliation after chemical weapons were used multiple times.
After negotiations with the regime, congressional Democrats and members of the Obama administration declared that Obama policies removed 100 percent of the chemical weapons in Syria in the final years of his administration.