JOHN MCCAIN: REX TILLERSON’S PRO-ASSAD STATEMENTS EMBOLDENED SYRIA TO COMMIT “MASS-MURDER”

After a brutal chemical weapons attack killed dozens of civilians, including many children, in northern Syria, Republican and Democratic senators on Capitol Hill are blaming the Trump administration for sending signals that encouraged the Syrian regime to “act with impunity.”

“This is what obviously happens when the United States of America doesn’t behave in a way that [shows] we care about human rights and the needless deaths of innocent people,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) fumed to reporters on Tuesday, the day of the attack.

“When the Secretary of State says that the Syrian people will decide their own future, that sends a signal to Bashar al Assad that he can do whatever he wants with impunity. It encourages the brutality and mass murder.”

More senators piled on the administration’s response in a press conference Wednesday, saying Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent suggestion that the U.S. is now open to Bashar al Assad’s continued rule in Syriais emboldening the regime to wage war against its own people.

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