Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on yesterday’s chemical attack in Syria:
“Yesterday’s chemical attack against innocent men, women and children in Syria is just the latest evidence that the Obama Administration’s much-lauded agreement with Russia to eliminate the Assad regime’s chemical weapons stockpile was flawed and incomplete. As we once again bear witness to innocent people writhing on the ground and gasping for breath, we know Assad not only disregarded his chemical weapons commitments, but continues to carry on mass atrocities with impunity. Unless and until Assad pays a price for his brutality, the slaughter and destruction in Syria will go on.
“After six years of indecision and inaction, President Trump has been left with no easy options in Syria. Yet as difficult and complex as our challenges are, President Trump and his administration have an opportunity to finally change course and take action to address this strategic and humanitarian disaster, which has led to more than 400,000 Syrians killed and six million displaced. Seizing this opportunity will require answering some very difficult strategic questions. But until we do, the war, the terror, and the refugees will continue, and America’s national security interests will be placed at greater risk.”