Sen. Tom Cotton says the United States needs to “be prepared to keep all options on the table” with Syria. | AP Photo
Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton said the Trump administration should use military or covert action in Syria in order to oust Syrian president Bashar Assad in response to an apparent chemical weapons airstrike in the northern part of the country that left at least 72 people dead.
“Bashar al-Assad must ultimately go,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday. “It may not be tomorrow, it may not be next week, ISIS may be our more immediate threat from Syria, but we cannot be safe along as the Assad-Iran-Russia axis is in charge in Syria.”
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“I think we have to be prepared to keep all options on the table — whether it’s military action or whether its classified covert activities as well,” Cotton added. “But ultimately we cannot expect to be safe ourselves from the threats emanating from Middle East as long as Bashar al-Assad remains in power.