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Donald Trump has signaled a tougher stance towards the Assad regime, declaring that a Syria gas attack had crossed “many, many lines”.

Mr Trump said the poison attack had changed his attitude towards the Assad regime, but did not detail what course of action he would take.

“What happened yesterday is unacceptable to me,” the president said during a press conference with King Abdullah II of Jordan. He said the attack had crossed “many, many lines — beyond a red line.”

“That was a horrible, horrible thing,” Mr Trump said of the attack. “It doesn’t get any worse than that. It is very very possible, and it’s already happened – that my attitude towards Syria and Assad has changed very much.”

Mr Trump blamed the suspected chemical attack on the Assad regime, but declined to say how the US would respond.

He also suggested that his predecessor Barack Obama was partially to blame for the ongoing crisis in Syria.

“The Obama administration had a great opportunity to solve this crisis a long time ago,” Mr Trump said.

He asserted that Mr Obama’s decision not to enforce a supposed “red line” on chemical attacks by the Assad regime had been particularly damaging.

“I think that set us back a long way because it was a blank threat,” Mr Trump said.

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