Former Obama NSC Spokesman: ‘Trump Was Handed a Mess’ in Syria


Tommy Vietor, a former National Security Council spokesperson under President Barack Obama-turned-viral podcasting sensation, said on Monday that President Donald Trump “was handed a mess” in Syria.

The comment was made in response to the alleged chemical attack in a rebel-held Syrian suburb, believed to have been carried out by Bashar al-Assad regime forces.

While many conservatives have criticized Obama’s policies in Syria — claiming the former president did not act aggressively enough in the region to thwart Assad — and defended Trump, Vietor appeared to add credibility to that line of attack by suggesting the current administration was handed a disaster from the previous White House.

“Republicans and a very dumb columnist are resurfacing this tweet like it’s a gotcha,” tweeted Vietor in response to one his 2013 tweets in which he claimed the Obama administration made “remarkable” progress in cutting off Assad’s access to chemical weapons.

“Shipping out 1300 metric tons of weapons-grade chemicals was a major development. Obviously they didn’t get it all. Chlorine wasn’t covered. Trump was handed a mess but also hasn’t deterred Assad.”

As for his thoughts on Trump using military intervention in Syria to stop Assad’s reported attacks, Vietor tweeted, “Trump should respond to Syria militarily if he thinks it will deter future chemical weapons use but not because Graham thinks it would look tough to others.”

Since leaving the Obama White House, Vietor has become a major voice in liberal media circles, as he co-hosts the ultra-popular Pod Save America podcast with fellow former administration staffers in which they focus on critiquing the Trump administration and advancing Democratic policies.

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