According to the Syrian opposition’s health department, an identified 69 deaths were the result of a recent Assad-backed gas attack in the Idilib Province in Northwestern Syria. Graphic videos (NSFW) show children gasping for breath lying among motionless bodies. These videos were posted on social media following the attack.
While addressing post-war Syria’s future this week, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) spoke this week at a Foreign Relations Committee meeting with the EU delegation. In a conversation with the delegate, David O’Sullivan, Sen. Rubio said:
“It’s hard to imagine the international community getting together and helping rebuild a Syria in which a war criminal… a monster, like Bashar Al-Assad would somehow be running that country. It would be difficult for the people of Syria”.
Sen. Rubio clearly indicated that he did not believe that the Russian-backed Assad regime should be in power if future international efforts are made to rebuild the country.
In response to the attack, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was vocal in condemning Bashar Al-Assad while pinning blame for the attack on the former Obama Administration. At Tuesday’s White House Press Briefing, Spicer said “These heinous actions by Bashar Al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution”. Spicer continued… “With respect to Assad, there is a political reality that we have to accept”.
As of Tuesday evening, it is not clear yet if Trump’s administration has plans to respond to the attack beyond the initial verbal condemnation of the massacre.