Trump blasts Russia's actions in Syria as 'a humanitarian disgrace'

  • President Donald Trump blasted Russia, Iran, and the Syrian government over their continued military campaigns in Syria, which has killed and injured thousands since the beginning of the year.
  • Trump was speaking at a press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
  • It was perhaps one of Trump’s sharpest critiques ever of Russia.

President Donald Trump blasted Russia, Iran and the Syrian government on Friday for their military campaigns in Syria during a press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

“What Russia, and what Iran and what Syria have done recently is a humanitarian disgrace,” Trump said. “What those three countries have done to people over a short period of time is a disgrace.”

In early January, Russia and the Syrian regime increased its bombing runs in the rebel-held areas of Idlib province and Eastern Ghouta, where 250 civilians alone were killed in 48 hours earlier this week.

“No words will do justice to the children killed, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones,” the UN recently said in a statement. “Do those inflicting the suffering still have words to justify their barbaric acts?”

Thousands more have been killed and injured since the beginning of the year, and there have been reports of multiple chlorine gas attacks. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced.

Russia and the Syrian government have also been repeatedly accused of targeting hospitals, many of which have had to move underground.

This appears to be one of the first times Trump has called out Russia, especially for its actions in Syria. CNN’s Marshall Cohen tweeted that it was “one of the harshest critiques of RUSSIA that I’ve ever seen from [Trump].”

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