Senate Dem: There must be an international response to Syria chemical attack

Senate Dem: There must be an international response to Syria chemical attack
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Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinOn The Money: GOP angst grows over Trump's trade war | Trump promises help for 'Patriot Farmers' | Markets rebound | CBO founding director Alice Rivlin dies | Senate to vote on disaster aid bill next week Senators offer bipartisan retirement savings bill Top Finance Dem offers bill to help those repaying student loans save for retirement MORE (D-Md.) in a Sunday show interview called for an “international response” to the reported chemical attack in Syria.

“Clearly there needs to be a response, it needs to be an international response,” Cardin told CBS’s “Face the Nation.” 

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The BBC on Sunday reported that at least 70 individuals were killed in a suspected chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma.

Cardin, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Syrian President Bashar Assad must be “held accountable for his war crimes.”

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE on Sunday morning blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin, who he said is backing the “animal Assad.”

But Russia on Sunday said reports of the chemical attack are "bogus."

Cardin said Trump’s naming of Putin on Twitter is “a significant change.”

Trump has faced criticism for wanting warmer relations with Russia amid the investigation into Moscow’s U.S. election interference and potential ties between Trump campaign staff members and the Kremlin.