Menendez says Putin op-ed made him want 'to vomit' (Video)

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said a New York Times op-ed on Syria penned by Russian President Vladimir Putin made him want "to vomit" — echoing a sentiment being widely expressed Thursday on Capitol Hill. 


In the op-ed, published Wednesday night, Putin again warned the United States not to launch military strikes on Syria. He maintained that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime was not responsible for the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in which more than 1,400 people died, according to U.S. officials.

“I almost wanted to vomit,” Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez, (D-N.J.) told CNN. 

“I worry when someone who came up through the KGB tells us what is in our national interests, and what is not. It really raises the question of how serious the Russian proposal is.”

Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.) also shared his reaction to the op-ed on Twitter Thursday.

On MSNBC’s “Jansing & Co.” with Chris Jansing, Sen. James Inhofe, (R-Okla), said, “I don’t trust Putin.”

“It sickened me that we would have to sit there and read that,” Inhofe said.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, (R-N.H.) appeared on Fox News’s “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren shortly after the opinion piece was posted, and tweeted excerpts from her conversation.

Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Russian officials in Geneva, Switzerland, on Thursday and Friday to test whether a diplomatic proposal Russia offered Monday could successfully rid Syria of its chemical weapons.

Rep. Justin Amash, (R-Mich.), who has been vocal on the Syria debate on Twitter, mocked Putin on the social network.

Sen. John Cornyn, (R-Texas), who has opposed President Obama’s plan for military intervention in Syria, tweeted his reaction Thursday morning.

Putin also wrote that American exceptionalism is “dangerous,” which did not sit well with Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) — another lawmaker who opposed limited strikes.

Assad confirmed in an interview with a Russian news channel Thursday that he will surrender his chemical weapons — a decision he said resulted from Russia’s offer, not from American military threats.