Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday accused the Obama administration of having “invited” the Russians to intervene militarily in the Syrian civil war, by having “them come in and pretend to be chemical weapons inspectors.”
Asked during an interview with the Wichita Eagle whether the Russians have “been able to fill the power vacuum that was created by the withdrawal of U.S. troops in Syria” in recent weeks, Pompeo drew attention to the previous administration’s Syria policies.
“I remember who invited the Russians into Syria: It was President Barack Obama,” he said. “I mean, he didn’t just let them come in. He invited them in. He had them come in and pretend to be chemical weapons inspectors. He, he actively worked with the Russian leadership, said ‘no, come on in, come on into Syria.’”