John McCain Blames Trump After Dozens Die in Chemical Weapon Attack

politics
April 09, 2018Apr 09, 2018

John McCain, often a critic of President Trump, is blaming the president for the most recent chemical weapon attack in Syria. 

“President Trump last week signaled to the world that the United States would prematurely withdraw from Syria,” McCain wrote in a statement, also adding that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad was “emboldened by American inaction.”

Breitbart News reports that the Arizona senator has urged Trump to launch a military strike against Syria in response to the government's use of chemical weapons. In support of this decision, McCain also pointed to the US Government's decision to bomb an airbase in Syria in 2017. 

“The President responded decisively when Assad used chemical weapons last year. He should do so again, and demonstrate that Assad will pay a price for his war crimes,” he wrote.

McCain was also happy with President Trump's condemnation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, also nothing that Trump was "quick to call out Assad today, along with the Russian and Iranian government.

“The question now is whether he will do anything about it," he added. 

Of course, many figures in both parties believe that McCain's rhetoric and willingness to "respond" to the chemical weapon attack with an act of war is, to put it mildly, extremely irresponsible. This is, for example, the opinion of McCain's colleague, Senator Rand Paul. 

Indeed, anti-interventionists like Rand Paul of Kentucky have opposed American military action in Syria, even in the wake of last year's sarin gas. 

"As horrific as those attacks were, and as heart-rending as the pictures and the atrocity and the children dying are, I don't believe that was a national security interest of the United States," Paul said at the time, according to CBS News.

Trump himself has promised a decision "probably by the end of today" how his administration will respond to the apparent chemical weapon attack on Syrian civilians. 

During a Cabinet meeting, Trump condemned the attack, which killed at least 40 people, including little children. 

"It was an atrocious attack," he said. "It was horrible." 

In recent news, 27 children are dead after a school bus plunged into a gorge.

 

Next: 27 Children Dead After School Bus Plunges into GorgeApr 09, 2018