Social media users heaped scorn on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who refused to answer reporters' questions on this week's massacre in Syria.
The worst chemical attack in years left 58 dead, including 11 children, and White House Press Secretary Sean Spice blamed former President Barack Obama's "weakness" rather than say whether the Trump administration believed Russian President Vladimir Putin had any role in the massacre.
A senior State Department official, speaking anonymously on background, described the attacks as "reprehensible," but the chief diplomat offered no comments.
Tillerson, the notoriously silent top diplomat, simply sidestepped questions about Syria altogether during a photo opportunity Tuesday with Abdullah II of Jordan.
Secretary of State Tillerson just held a photo op.— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) April 4, 2017
When asked about the deadly Syrian chemical attack, he didn't comment & walked out. pic.twitter.com/inxJTb0K53
Twitter users were ashamed and outraged by Tillerson's silence.
This is moral cowardice & strategically disastrous. When asked to comment on chemical gas war crimes, condemn them. https://t.co/zwAMPj0FLU— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas) 1491325609.0
@secupp In Sec Tillerson's case...literal silence— Eric Lopez (@Eric Lopez) 1491327497.0
Silence in the face of a massacre. Secretary Tillerson, resign. God may not be done with you, but I am. https://t.co/ffJ7oYOhOO— GBliss (@GBliss) 1491326816.0
Rex Tillerson's silence is deafening and not what a Secretary of State should be doing in this situation. https://t.co/yyiJ00YhWS— Danny Hajjar داني حجار (@Danny Hajjar داني حجار) 1491323880.0
@nancyayoussef Msg received loud and clear: death of Arab innocents is acceptable collateral damage. It's all nonverbal comm w/ this admin.— Omar Khayyam - #kamala2020 (@Omar Khayyam - #kamala2020) 1491325861.0
@jeeniya90 @POTUS Taken off America's shitlist, launch chemical attack. Silence from Trump and Tillerson.— csd (@csd) 1491324497.0
@MarkWarner SYRIAN CHILDREN BEING GASSED AS I WRITE THIS. ASK YOUR FRIEND TILLERSON TO SPEAK OUT! What would a Boy… https://t.co/mudfKERvjI— Mad Sec Costumes (@Mad Sec Costumes) 1491327875.0
Why does he even get out of bed every morning? #Tillerson #Syria #p2 https://t.co/GCu8gstc2c— Skeptical Brotha 💛🐝🌈 (@Skeptical Brotha 💛🐝🌈) 1491326590.0
What could happen to bring a response from Tillerson or Trump. https://t.co/NwCvtI4J7L— Mark Stern (@Mark Stern) 1491327958.0
@PeterAlexander Tillerson is only in the picture for oil. Not SOS material. This whole administration is a farce.— Snarky Kat (@Snarky Kat) 1491327912.0
.@the_resistants @roadkingrider2 Give Tillerson a break on "no comment" on Syria chemical attacks. His buddy Putin hasn't given orders yet— W. M. (@W. M.) 1491327947.0
@daveweigel @chrislhayes Puppet Tillerson needs to ask PuppetMaster Jared,what a joke these guys are,slowly turning… https://t.co/VtcuCwn9Eo— O Don't Go (@O Don't Go) 1491327847.0
@SteveKopack @mmurraypolitics Trump line is that Obama's weakness emboldened Assad. So why did Assad wait until T… https://t.co/g0VdSQZiUH— Poll Cat (@Poll Cat) 1491324578.0
@SteveKopack @SenateDems @SenateGOP well done voting for this wax dummy of foreign policy @StateDept secretary. T… https://t.co/1m7WRHdwVx— Kali_Klik_ (@Kali_Klik_) 1491325396.0
Maybe he doesnt speak English? #Tillerson https://t.co/0JGWaXHwjS— Amr Khalifa (@Amr Khalifa) 1491328457.0