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SANA via AP

The White House is pointing the finger at Barack Obama after the Assad regime carried out a chemical weapons attack today that has left at least 60 dead and more than 100 injured.

President Trump released a statement noting that the "heinous" attacks came after Obama "did nothing" to enforce his red line over chemical weapons in Syria:

"These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration's weakness and irresolution."

Silence at State: Meanwhile Rex Tillerson declined to answer when reporters asked him about the attack, the State Dept did not offer any public comment until hours after the attack. Tillerson and Nikki Haley shifted from the Obama-era protocol on Assad last week, saying the US would no longer prioritize removing the Syrian dictator from power.

Update: Tillerson later released a statement which did not mention Obama and condemned Assad for showing "a fundamental disregard for human decency."

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President Biden on Tuesday held his first call since taking office with Vladimir Putin, pressing the Russian president on the arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the Russia-linked hack on U.S. government agencies, AP reports.

The state of play: Biden also planned to raise arms control, bounties allegedly placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who said the call took place while she was delivering a press briefing. Psaki added that a full readout will be provided later Tuesday.

Biden signs racial equity executive orders

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President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed executive orders on housing and ending the Justice Department's use of private prisons as part of what the White House is calling his “racial equity agenda.”

The big picture: Biden needs the support of Congress to push through police reform or new voting rights legislation. The executive orders serve as his down payment to immediately address systemic racism while he focuses on the pandemic.