Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Sen. John McCain said that President Donald Trump and his administration “probably was partially to blame,” for the deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria.
McCain referred to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson comments in March that “the longer-term status” of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will be decided by the Syrian people, McCain said, “I think it probably was partially to blame. And Secretary Tillerson is basically saying the same thing after kind of contradicting himself and then saying the same thing argues vigorously for a plan and a strategy. As I said, again, taking this action, I support and was important. But we have got to have a strategy and a plan to follow through,” Breitbart reports.
“Just a one-time deal is not going to be productive,” he continued. “And saying we are only going after chemical weapons areas ignores the enormity of the problem. A very small percentage of the people have been slaughtered in Syria have been slaughtered by chemical weapons. It has been done by barrel bombs and indiscriminate killing and all of the other war crimes that have been committed.”
The U.S. launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Shayrat air base near Homs in retaliation for the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad reportedly using chemical weapons against his own people in the town of Khan Sheikhoun. The chemical attack claimed at least 80 lives.