Following reports of a gas attack by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that has killed dozens of civilians, Sen. John McCain lashed out Tuesday on CNN's "New Day" at the Trump administration's decision to no longer prioritize ending the Syrian civil war as "another disgraceful chapter in American history."
McCain, who has been a fierce critic of President Donald Trump's foreign policy, said he wants to hear the president say "We're going to arm the free Syrian army. We're going to dedicate ourselves to the removal of Bashar Assad. We're going to have the Russians pay a price for their engagement. ... All players [including Hezbollah and the Iranians] 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."
Instead, Trump has said he will make it a priority to fight against ISIS over ending the Syrian civil war and getting rid of Assad.
McCain said statements by the U.S. administration figures that "the Syrian people would be determining their own future themselves one of the more incredible statements I've ever heard given the involvement of Hezbollah, of the Iranians, of the Russians."
Activist groups have blamed Assad's regime for the attack in the north of Syria on Tuesday in which dozens of people were killed and more than 200 injured due to asphyxiation caused by exposure to a chemical agent.
The Republican Arizona senator said he is frustrated that Trump does not have any clear foreign policy doctrine and insisted the U.S. must "help people who are struggling against one of the great dictators [Assad] in history.
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