Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) rebuked President Donald Trump’s notion of working on a “cyber security unit” with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday, saying it was akin to working with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad on a “chemical weapons unit.”
The nerve agent sarin was used in the April 4 chemical weapons attack against Syrian civilians that killed more than 90 people, including several children, an international chemical weapons watchdog confirmed Friday.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Wednesday that the Trump administration’s warning to the Syrian government against using chemical weapons appears to have worked for now.
The White House on Monday cautioned the Syrian government against using chemical weapons, warning President Bashar al-Assad that there would be a “heavy price” if his regime used the weapons again.
The U.S. military carried out an air strike on Thursday against militia supported by the Syrian government that posed a threat to U.S.-backed fighters in the country’s south, U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday.
The House is expected to vote Wednesday evening on bipartisan legislation that would impose new sanctions on the Bashar al-Assad regime for war crimes and human rights abuses against civilians, sources with the House Foreign Affairs Committee confirmed.