McCain blames Syrian chemical attack on 'American inaction'; implores Trump to take decisive action against Assad

The senator said the Assad regime was "emboldened" by a lack of U.S. action.

“President Trump last week signaled to the world that the United States would prematurely withdraw from Syria," McCain wrote in a statement. "Bashar Assad and his Russian and Iranian backers have heard him, and emboldened by American inaction, Assad has reportedly launched another chemical attack against innocent men, women and children."

“I want to get out," Trump said. "I want to bring our troops back home."

Trump suggested that he will consult with both advisers and allies, adding that a decision would be made "in the very near future."

"President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad," the president tweeted.

McCain addressed the comments in his statement.

"President Trump was quick to call out Assad today, along with the Russian and Iranian governments, on Twitter," McCain wrote. "The question now is whether he will do anything about it."

McCain went on to implore Trump to take a stronger stand against the Assad regime.

"The President responded decisively when Assad used chemical weapons last year. He should do so again, and demonstrate that Assad will pay a price for his war crimes."