"Putin is backing a person that's truly an evil person, and I think it's very bad for Russia, I think it's very bad for mankind, it's very bad for this world. But when you drop gas, or bombs, or barrel bombs ... and they drop them right in the middle of a group of people, after which we see the same kids with no arms, no legs, no face ... This is an animal," said Trump speaking about Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.
If the Russian Federation did not support the Assad regime, Trump said, not problem would be there.
On April 7, U.S. warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian government airbase following a chemical airstrike in the province of Idlib blamed on President Assad.
U.S. envoy to the U.N. Nikki Haley said the attack on the Shayrat airfield was "fully justified." Washington threatened Assad with new strikes on military targets in Syria if such a need arises.
At least 80 civilians died in the air attack on the town in rebel-held Idlib province prompting an international outcry. The United States accuses the regime of President Bashar al-Assad of using chlorine gas mixed with a highly toxic sarin-like nerve agent in an air attack. UNICEF confirmed at least 27 children had been killed in the attack in Idlib.