“President Trump last week signaled to the world that the United States would prematurely withdraw from Syria,” the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said in a statement. “Bashir Assad and his Russian and Iranian backers have heard him, and
The Syria attack came on the heels of Trump’s declaration last week at a press conference: “I want to get out; I want to bring our troops back home.” He said that keeping troops in Syria is “very costly for our country, and it helps other countries a hell of a lot more than it helps us.”
The president also told his advisers last month he wanted an
McCain called on Trump to now take decisive action against the Assad regime.
“It’s not too late to stop Assad’s impunity and begin to rewrite this terrible chapter,” he said.
Dozens of people, including several children, choked to death Saturday after the attack in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma.
Europe and the U.S. condemned Assad and Syrian allies Russia and Iran. Trump called Assad an “animal,” and vowed there would be a “big price to pay.” He also blamed Barack Obama for not taking a harder stance against Assad.
Iranian and Kremlin spokesmen called reports that Assad was responsible for the attack “bogus.”