“We don’t want to become refugees,” said Kassem Eid, survivor of the sarin gas attack in August of 2013 in Ghouta, Syria. In that attack hundreds (possibly more than a thousand by some estimates ) were killed.
CNN’s Brooke Baldwin interviewed via Skype, where Eid was nothing but grateful for the massive missile strike that was ordered by President Trump in response to the chemical weapons attack in Idlib Province this week.
“I felt grateful for President Trump. I felt grateful for the United States,” he said. Baldwin tried to bait Eid in slamming Trump for his travel moratorium and refugee pause provisions of his executive order on immigration. Eid wasn’t having any of it:
“With all due respect, I didn’t see each and every person who was demonstrating after the travel ban. I didn’t see you three days ago when people were gassed to death, where civilians were gassed to death. I didn’t see you in 2013 when 1,400 people were gassed to death. I didn’t see you raising your voice against President Obama’s inaction in Syria that led us–refugees…that made us refugees, get kicked out of Syria. If you really care about refugees, if you really care about helping us, please help us stay in our country. We don’t want to come to United States. We want to stay in our country. With all due respect, this is hypocrisy.
He closed by pleading with President Trump to establish safe zones and to not stop the strikes.
“Please, sir, what you did was amazing. What you did was a powerful message of hope,” he said.