“They have continually supported Assad, no matter what the facts show, no matter what the regime does,” he added.
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidLawmakers eye early exit from Washington McCain to support waiver for Mattis, Trump team says Reeling Dems look for new leader MORE (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbying World 'Ready for Michelle' PACs urge 2020 run News Flash: Trump was never going to lock Clinton up MORE (R-Ohio) both declined invitations from the delegation ahead of a vote to authorize a military strike on Syria after allegations of chemical weapons use. CBS News reported Friday that plans to send a delegation of lawmakers to Capitol Hill had been canceled after invitations were refused.
According to reports, a Russian a delegation, including members of the upper and lower chambers of the Russian Parliament, intended to meet with Senate and House leaders of both political parties next week on Capitol Hill to argue in opposition to the resolution.
The Kremlin has disputed U.S. intelligence reports that say Syrian President Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons against the people in his country.
But Russia has stalled efforts to pass a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
“So we don’t think — on the issue of chemical weapons, we don’t expect to have Russian cooperation,” Rhodes said.