Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine blasted President Donald Trump on Wednesday for his response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s role in Tuesday’s horrific chemical attack.
The former vice presidential candidate said during an interview with CNN that Trump’s statement, which blamed former President Barack Obama for the situation in Syria, was unacceptable.
“I worry they are trying to be cozy with Russia — so cozy with Russia that they are unwilling to call out Russia’s henchman, Bashar al-Assad, who is only able to carry out these atrocities because of the support from the Russians and the Iranians,” Kaine told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota.
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“He’s commander in chief and when something happens and he tries to blame President Obama, give me a break,” Kaine continued.
“He’s the president now. The world is waiting for him to lead,” he added, saying it was time for Trump to put on “his big boy pants.”
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In an interview on MSNBC, Kaine said it was time to take more action in the Syrian conflict.
“We should be prosecuting Bashar al-Assad for war crimes in the Hague,” Kaine said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Wednesday. “We should be doing a lot more than we’re doing. The administration won’t even call a war crime a war crime.”
As least 70 people including children were killed in the chemical strike located in the eastern outskirts of Khan Sheikhoun.
Trump vowed to reporters on Wednesday afternoon that his administration will be developing a new policy to tackle Assad’s government.
While welcoming King Abdullah of Jordan, the president lamented “These are very troubled times in the Middle East.”
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