Sherman, while appearing at a hearing for the House Foreign Relations Committee, repeatedly called out President Obama for drawing a red line — one he told reporters at a press conference in Sweden he did not in fact lay draw. The House Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the Obama administration’s request for military intervention in Syria after several reports indicated Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people.
“The President drew a red line. Presidents often draw red lines in order to deter action,” Sherman said. “When the President drew that red line, I’m not aware of anyone in this room who criticized it or disassociated themselves from that red line. Now Assad has crossed that red line.”
President Obama instead, is insisting it was not his red line, but rather one set by the “world community” and Congress.
However, the President told reporters at a press conference last August the use of chemical weapons in Syria would be his “red line.”
“We have been very clear to the Assad regime — but also to other players on the ground — that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized,” Obama said at a White House press conference.
He reiterated his stance several months later.
“Today, I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad and those under his command: The world is watching. The use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. And if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences, and you will be held accountable,” he said Dec. 3.
Check out Sherman inadvertently call out President Obama and his red line below.