On Wednesday, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) responded to the U.S. government’s inaction after the deadly gas attack in Syria by saying he’s “ashamed.”
The attack took place on Tuesday and is considered the worst chemical weapons strike in Syria in years. It killed dozens of people, including children, and injured many more.
During an interview with CNN, Kinzinger was asked to respond to a statement from Bana al-Abed, a 7-year-old Syrian refugee, who said she wants the children of Syria “to play and go to school.”
Kinzinger answered, “I’m ashamed of our government’s actions so far … and inaction. I wish I had the ability to move forces to do what needs to be done.”
“What I would tell to her is, ‘Look, people are paying attention. The problem is, we need more people to pay attention and get past our fear of action because of what we felt the wars have been like in the past.'”
“These are all kids that want to be teachers, that want to be doctors … they want to be police officers. They dream of having a family of their own someday. And an evil dictator named Bashar al-Assad decides that it is to his political advantage to put chemical weapons in their faces and choke them to death.”
Kinzinger called the issue a “terrible humanitarian crisis” and called on President Trump to make an on-camera statement. He also stated this is not a partisan issue and that all allies need to come together.
“I think the administration needs a plan to rally our allies together.”
“Until the western world stands up, until Republican or Democratic administrations stands up … this is going to continue,” he said.
On Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio also weighed in on the events taking place in Syria, saying, “In this case now, we have very limited options and, look, it’s concerning that the secretary of State … said that the future’s up to the people in Syria on what happens with Assad. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that a few days later we see this.”
In a statement by President Trump on Tuesday, he said the deadly attack by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a “consequence” of how the Obama administration responded to the ongoing Syrian civil war.
Trump said the former president did nothing to stop the conditions for this attack by backing away from his 2012 “red line,” which was intended to stop Assad’s use of chemical weapons.
President Trump did not reveal on Tuesday how the United States will respond, but did say:
“Today’s chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world.”
See a clip from Kinzinger’s interview:
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H/T: The Hill
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