GOP Sen. Ron Johnson Hits Trump For Tweeting Plans to Bomb Syria: ‘He Should Follow His Previous Advice’
Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin voiced concern over Donald Trump’s decision to tweet bombing threats against Russia’s ally Syria, as the lawmaker told CNN the president “should follow his previous advice” and not broadcast his attack plans.
Trump, who went on a tweetstorm this morning against Russia and Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria after they were tied to a chemical weapon attack, upset Johnson by posting that US missilies “will be coming” to the region:
Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
While speaking to anchor Alisyn Camerota, Johnson voiced concern over verifying “exactly what happened” regarding the chemical weapon attack that was allegedly carried out by forces tied to Assad, adding, “Rather than a military strike, let’s find out what happened.”
Camerota then asked the senator if he is “comfortable with the tone and style of that tweet when it comes to bombs and war,” to which Johnson replied that he is “not a real fan of the tweeting process here.”
“I think there’s a better way of doing this,” he added.
The CNN host went on to point to Trump’s hypocrisy on the issue by bringing up an old tweet in which he attacked former President Barack Obama for supposedly “broadcasting” his plans to attack Syria.
“I can’t explain it, but he should follow his previous advice,” replied Johnson. “I don’t like reading about [the tweet].”
Camerota asked if Johnson will be sharing these concerns with the White House, to which the senator laughed and said that he is “sharing” his thoughts with Trump “right now” — given the president’s infamous addiction to cable news.
Watch above, via CNN.
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