On Tuesday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told CNN that President Trump’s inaction following Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s chemical attacks on the Syrian people is a “disgraceful chapter in American history,” and compared this lack of action to that of the Obama administration.
“We’ve seen this movie before when Barack Obama said [Syria] would have a red line, and they crossed it, and he did nothing,” McCain said.
“It is another disgraceful chapter in American history and it was predictable,” criticized McCain, who serves as the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman.
He also criticized Sec. of State Rex Tillerson’s recent statement regarding allowing the Syrian people to be in charge of their own fate concerning the rule of Assad. McCain believes that Russians, Iranians, and others involved with attacks on Syria will be “encouraged” by the Trump administration’s inaction.
“Bashar al-Assad and his friends, the Russians, take note of what Americans say,” McCain said. “I’m sure they are encouraged to know the United States is withdrawing and seeking a new arrangement with the Russians.”
He suggested Trump arm the Free Syrian Army, dedicate the U.S. to the removal of Assad, have the Russians pay a price for their engagement, and make all players pay a penalty.
“All players here are going to have to pay a penalty and the United States of America is going to be on the side of people who fight for freedom, and we will not sit by and watch chemical weapons being used to slaughter innocent women and children. … Didn’t we learn a lesson when Barack Obama refused to do anything?”
Watch McCain’s interview with CNN:
H/T: The Hill
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