The president and the Jordanian king wrapped up the news conference after taking questions from two U.S. and two Jordanian journalists and left the Rose Garden at 1335.
The event was open press and carried on the WH live feed.
Among the highlights from POTUS:
- He said he was deeply affected by the chemical gas attack, and that his view of Syria and the Assad regime has changed.
- He refused to say what he would do in response, again ridiculing the Obama administration and the military for announcing ahead of time that they intended to recapture Mosul.
- He again criticized President Obama for making the "blank threat" of saying there was a red line in Syria re the use chemical weapons, but then doing following through.
- ISIS is one terrorist group, but there are many others, and they are all over the place.
- He again said that "the world is a mess," in many different respects, and that also was the fault of the previous administration.
- POTUS again called the agreement with Iran that forced it to give up its nuclear program and most of its nuclear material in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions the worst deal he had ever seen. "I will do what I have to do with respect to the Iran deal."