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    President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

    Trump: 'I'm Not A Fan Of Assad'

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    During a joint press conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri US President Donald Trump expressed a lack of admiration with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Assad won't get away with "horrible" crimes committed in the war-torn country, Trump said. 

    "What he's done to that country and humanity is horrible," the president added. The 45th president lamented the mistakes of his predecessor, President Barack Obama, for failing to enforce a 'red-line' on the use of chemical weapons. If Obama had enforced this doctrine, Trump said, nations like Iran and Russia would have a more limited presence in Syria. 

    Trump pointed to the strike on the Sha'irat Air Base as evidence the president will take a tough approach on Syria. The White House responded to what it said was the use of Sarin gas in Idlib, Syria in conducting the strike on April 6. Fifty-nine Tomahawk missiles were launched from US Navy vessels in the Mediterranean Sea.  

    When asked about Hezbollah's role in Syria and Iran's support of the group, Trump said, "I'll be talking about that tomorrow."

    "I'll be making my position very clear over the next 24 hours. We're going to see what is exactly taking place. I have meetings with some of my very-expert military representatives and others, so I'll be making that decision very shortly."

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