Trump’s Not Going to Like What Marco Rubio Said About Syrian Chemical Weapon Attack (Video)

Donald Trump did what he always does when his incompetence leads to something negative — blame other people — but it seems rather obvious that Bashar al Assad’s use of chemical weapons on Tuesday (after not using them since 2013) is linked to the Trump administration recently saying that removing him from power was no longer a goal or priority. It doesn’t help that Trump seems infatuated with Assad’s top ally, Vladimir Putin.



Heck, Russia’s already making excuses for the attack, blaming it on a leak from a “terrorist ammunition depot” that was hit by Syrian airstrikes.

Let’s follow this short timeline:

  • The U.S. “elects” a Putin-loving candidate currently under investigation for potential treason involving colluding with Russia to undermine the 2016 election.
  • Even with U.S. intelligence agencies pointing to Russia as the culprit behind the attack against this country, Trump defends Putin while lashing out at our own intelligence officials.
  • As Trump continues to claim all these allegations linking him to Russia are “FAKE NEWS!” or a “hoax,” Russia denies they were behind any cyber attack, with the state-run media often appearing to be helping support Trump’s conspiracies.
  • Within the last week, both Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley state that removing Assad from power in Syria is no longer a primary goal or objective of the White House.
  • A few days later, less than three months into Trump’s administration (and for the first time since 2013), Assad uses chemical weapons on civilians, killing around 100, including 25 children.
  • Assad denies using chemical weapons.
  • Russia’s defense ministry spokesman Igor Konoshenkov denies Syria used chemical weapons, instead blaming it on a leak from a “terrorist ammunition depot” that was hit by airstrikes.

It doesn’t take a military strategist, or even someone with a great deal of common sense, to see that this is all linked.

But you don’t have to believe me, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) basically blamed the Trump administration for this attack during an interview with AM Tampa Bay Wednesday morning.

“In this case now, we have very limited options and look, it’s concerning that the secretary of state, 72 hours ago or a week ago, last Friday, said that the future’s up to the people in Syria on what happens with Assad. In essence almost nodding to the idea that Assad was gonna get to stay in some capacity,” Rubio said.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that a few days later we see this,” he added.

While Trump’s pathetically trying to blame this on the “weakness of the Obama administration,” Rubio couldn’t have been much more clear that he believes Assad’s use of chemical weapons is linked to the White House saying they weren’t concerned with removing him from power.



Obviously being a progressive, and someone who loathes Trump, I’m someone who many would consider “partisan” or “biased” in my assessment of how all of this went down. However, Trump and his supporters can’t say the same about Senator Rubio, a Republican who isn’t considered a moderate by any stretch of the imagination. His assessment is the exact same as mine and everyone else who believes that Trump’s weak stance on removing Assad as “president” of Syria empowered the monstrous dictator to use chemical weapons for the first time in nearly four years.

It’s like I’ve said well before Trump “won” back in November, one of my biggest fears isn’t simply the problems he’s going to cause on purpose, but also how many major issues his emotional instability, narcissism, and incompetence will cause by accident.

Watch Rubio expand on his comments below via AP:





Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • fahvel

    there’s a pathetic stagnation in the air the fat man in the white house -other than being a reprehensible cypher, he is humanities worst nightmare with the potential to really make a mess of the mess the world is already wallowing in. I think you folks need to be much more active and not just vocal.

  • strayaway

    Marco is a neocon. Who cares what he said? If we wanted to vote for a Russian baiting neocon, we could have elected Hillary. This article is obsolete. Since Trump said Obama’s attempted overthrow of Assad policy was ended, Trump came out anti-Assad, like a deranged Obama II, blaming Assad for the recent gas attack. See the 4/28/16 Seymour Hersh article, “Seymour Hersh Says Hillary Approved Sending Libya’s Sarin to Syrian Rebels.” Obama the Idiot used the 2013 gas attack as an excuse to try to overthrow Assad leading to the expansion of ISIS, death, destruction, and refugees. Maybe someone has gotten to Trump and he is now getting in line with neocons. It is implausible that Assad was stupid enough to repeat what he was blamed for doing in 2013 resulting in his attempted overthrow. This whole story about Assad did it stinks. The March 24 news stories said that US attacks were suspected of killing over 200 in Iraq. The hypocrisy of Trump, The Daily Progressive, and others pushing for expanded war on Assad is extraordinary.

    • marysrn

      As usual, you’re nuts!

      • strayaway

        As usual, you are inarticulate. But I would advocate both Hillary and Trump as being “nuts” in this matter. Today, Hillary said, “I really believe we should have and still should take out (Assad’s) air fields” and Trump did just that by attacking one Syrian airfield – an act of war. Maybe one of the intelligence agencies does have something on Trump if he flip-floped like that. We, the US, have no right to bomb Syria even ‘if’ Assad did kill 70 people with gas after the US was suspected of killing over 200 in Iraq in one bombing. All you neocons supporting this nonsense are going to create another big mess.

      • noah vail

        how wonderful to be so sure that every word that drips from your lips is the absolute truth…and anyone that disagrees with you is a neocon…so, what, may i ask, do you consider yourself ? (besides perfect, that is)

      • strayaway

        I don’t consider everyone who disagrees with me a neocon. Some people are just stupid or blind followers. Fit therein where you will. What do I consider myself? Maybe a combination of constitutionalist, libertarian (small l), and ‘Reagan Democrat’ although I never supported Reagan. I always buy American cars because I support US workers and don’t want to create more Flints or Detroits. I’m not a pacifist but oppose most wars e.g. Vietnam, overthrows or attempted overthrows of Libya, Syria, Ukraine by both Democrats and Republicans. I oppose the death penalty. I support detente with Russia. Do you support Trump’s attack on Syria? You should. Although the buck stops with Trump, just hours before Trump attacked Syria, Hillary said, “I really believe that we should have and still should take out (Assad’s) airfields…”

  • Stella Thomas

    Listening to Rubio’s comments really highlights the difference between his level of ability to communicate and Dump’s. Rubio sounds like a smart well informed person; Dump says things like “This is a bad thing. Very very bad.”

  • PRIME79

    Meanwhile, Trumps PR stunt missile attack accomplished nothing.

    https://www.google.com/amp/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSL8N1HF5PT