GOP rep tells 7-year-old Syrian girl: ‘I’m ashamed’ of government’s inaction

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said he is "ashamed" of the inaction of the U.S. government after the deadly gas attack in Syria.

During a Wednesday interview on CNN's "New Day," Kinzinger was asked what he would say to 7-year-old Syrian refugee Bana Alabed, who said she wants the children in Syria to be able to play and go to school.

"I'm ashamed of our government's actions so far and inaction. I wish I had the ability to move forces to do what needs to be done," Kinzinger said.


"What I would tell to her is, 'Look, people are paying attention. The problem is we need more people to pay attention and get past our fear of action because of what we felt the wars have been like in the past.' "

Kinzinger said this is an issue of a "terrible humanitarian crisis."

"These are all kids that want to be teachers, that want to be doctors, they want to be police officers," he said.

"They dream of having a family of their own someday. And an evil dictator named Bashar al-Assad decides that it is to his political advantage to put chemical weapons in their face and choke them to death."

Until the Western world stands up, this "is going to continue," he said.

Kinzinger said he hopes President Trump makes an on-camera statement and addresses what is going on in Syria.

"I think the administration needs a plan to rally our allies together," he said.

"We've got to quit pretending like this is going to burn itself out. It simply isn't. This is a apartment on fire in an apartment building. It's not a house on fire in an isolated neighborhood."

Trump on Tuesday said the deadly gas attack in Syria carried out by forces loyal to Syrian leader Bashar Assad is a "consequence" of former President Obama's approach to the country's civil war.

“Today’s chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world,” Trump said in a statement. 

Trump said the Obama administration helped to create the conditions for the attack when he backed away from his 2012 "red line" on Assad's use of chemical weapons.

Trump did not say how the U.S. would respond to the attack, which is considered the worst chemical weapons strike in years in Syria. The strike was carried out in rebel-held area of Idlib Province. It killed dozens of people, including children, and injured more.