Syrian President Bashar Assad has crossed the line into depravity with his brutal campaign to maintain power, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday.
“They’ve crossed all the lines in pursuit of their goals,” Earnest said of the Assad regime, which has allowed the violence in Aleppo to escalate this week with its push to retake the city.
Assad’s strategy has included “bombing hospitals and playgrounds” and starving his citizens, Earnest said. “These tactics are depraved. They do cross just about every line that I can think of,” he added.
In 2012, President Obama infamously threatened to engage Syria militarily if Assad crossed the “red line” of deploying chemical weapons against his people.
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