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White House Warns Assad: Carry Out Another Chemical Attack, Pay a “Heavy Price”

A White House statement on Monday night did not mince words: if Bashar al-Assad attacks his people with chemical weapons again, he’ll pay a “heavy price.”

Bashar al-Assad

Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad may be planning another chemical attack on his own people, and the U.S. will ensure he pays a “heavy price” if he does so, according to a statement from the White House on Monday night.

Several outlets reported on the statement, released by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Here’s The Washington Post:

In a statement, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that the United States had detected evidence of preparations for a chemical attack, similar to the preparations that occurred before an attack in April.

“The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children,” Spicer said in the statement. “The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack.

Assad’s regime denied any such preparations on Tuesday morning (D.C. time). Of course, Assad and his regime have lied before.

President Trump ordered airstrikes in Syria after this year’s first chemical weapons attack from the Assad regime. At the time, Trump called “on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria, and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types.”