President Trump responded on Twitter Sunday to news of a deadly chemical attack in Syria. He began with a message similar to the State Department's condemnation of Moscow's support for Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime:
But next, Trump used the attack as an occasion to critique former President Obama, arguing that this tragedy would not have happened if Obama had pursued regime change in Syria:
In 2013, Trump urged Obama not to attack Syria. As president-elect, he promised to oppose regime change: "We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn't be involved with." And just over a week ago, he sought to end U.S. military intervention in Syria, arguing that the American mission in Syria is nearly complete thanks to the falling fortunes of the Islamic State.