“Putin is a big part of the problem in Syria, not the solution,” the senior senator tweeted.
Putin is a big part of the problem in Syria, not the solution— JohnCornyn (@JohnCornyn) September 12, 2013
Putin's comment came in an op-ed in The New York Times published Wednesday night. It warned the U.S. not to take military action against Syria.
Such action no longer appears imminent, as President Obama asked Congress to put off any votes on authorizing a strike. Obama seemed poised to lose those votes based on whip counts by The Hill and other news outlets.
Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryWatchdogs warn of 'serious' conflicts of interest for Clinton Foundation Kerry: More 'work to do' in avoiding civilian casualties in Yemen Chaffetz presses Kerry on Clinton Foundation MORE arrived in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday morning with weapons and intelligence experts to meet with their Russian counterparts Thursday and Friday on a deal that would involve Syria giving up its chemical weaons to international control.
Cornyn had already expressed skepticism over the diplomatic deal, saying on the Senate floor that Russia is not a “reliable partner.”