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 CardinWarren, Klobuchar call on FTC to curtail use of non-compete clauses Overnight Energy: EPA moves to raise ethanol levels in gasoline | Dems look to counter White House climate council | Zinke cleared of allegations tied to special election Democrats offer legislation to counter White House climate science council 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 mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral 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.