President Donald Trump said Wednesday it was possible Russia knew beforehand about the chemical weapons attack in Syria last week, saying it was "probably unlikely" Bashar Assad’s regime could have launched the attack without his ally’s knowledge.
“I know they’re doing investigations into that right now,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “I would like to think that (Russia) didn’t know, but certainly they could have. They were there, so we’ll find out.”
Trump, speaking at a joint news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, also reiterated that the chemical attack was “vicious and violent” and said he has “absolutely no doubt” that ordering air-strikes against Assad’s regime was the right response.
“There can’t be a worse sight, and it shouldn’t be allowed,” Trump said. "That’s a butcher, that’s a butcher, so I felt we had to do something about it.”
“I have absolutely no doubt we did the right thing, and it was very, very successfully done,” he added.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Moscow Wednesday to meet with Russian officials.