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Rep. Thomas Massie appeared on CNN Wednesday and stunned the hosts when he expressed that he doesn’t believe that there is yet enough evidence to make a definitive statement on what happened or how it all went down, in regards to the reports that the Syrian government may have chemically attacked their own people.
“It’s hard to know exactly what’s happening in Syria right now. I’d like to know specifically how that release of chemical gas, if it did occur — and it looks like it did — how that occurred,” Massie told CNN’s Kate Bolduan.
The Kentucky Republican continued expressing to Bolduan that we need to ask “why” Syrian President Bashir Al-Assad would do such a thing.
“Because frankly, I don’t think Assad would have done that. It does not serve his interests. It would tend to draw us into that civil war even further.”
The statements from Massie visibly stunned the CNN host. Confused at the thought of individual skepticism, Bolduan asked, “Who do you think is behind it [the chemical attack]?”
However, before Massie could respond, Bolduan cut back in to ask if he believed the Russian narrative which says that the Syrian government had nothing to do with the attacks.
“I don’t think it would’ve served Assad’s purposes to do a chemical attack on his people…It’s hard for me to understand why he would do that — if he did,” said Massie, unshaken from his original position, stunning Bolduan again.
Massie’s comments appear to fall inline with fellow liberty Republican, also from Kentucky, Senator Rand Paul. Paul, who took to Twitter, attempted to remind President Donald Trump of a statement he made in 2013 regarding US interaction in Syria, cautioning the President to not hastily jump to war in the region.
“What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval,” Trump had remarked at the time, and Paul mentioned that Trump’s 2013 statements “remain true” today.
This remains true today as it was in 2013. Both parts. https://t.co/sRQkcZ0oDI
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) April 6, 2017
President Donald Trump in the wake of the events in Syria has stated that he now has a “responsibility in Syria,” after condemning the attacks as “heinous actions by the Assad regime,” and calling out President Barack Obama’s handling of the situation during his administration.