Trump says chemical attack in Syria crossed many lines

Daily News Article - April 7, 2017


1. How many people are known to have been killed by a chemical weapons (poison gas) attack on Syrian civilians this week?

2. a) What did President Trump say about the attack? Be specific.
b) Explain his reference to “a red line.” Be specific.
c) How has President Trump’s attitude toward Syria’s president Bashar Assad and the Syrian civil war changed with this attack?

3. What did President Trump’s Vice President, Mike Pence, say about the attack and Russia?

4. What did President Trump’s Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, say about Russia’s support for Assad?

5. What did President Trump’s Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, say about the attack and UN response?

6. The Reuters reporters point out in paragraphs 1, 5 and 16 that President Trump “gave no indication of how he would respond” and Vice President Pence and Ambassador Haley commented “without elaborating.”
Watch President Trump’s comments in the video under “Resources” below.
a) Do you think this is a wise, strategic policy or should all details of the Trump administration’s plan be publicized in advance of any possible action? Explain your answer.
b) Ask a parent the same question. Discuss your answers.