WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement on the Assad regime's attack in Idlib, Syria:

"I'm horrified by the Assad regime's attack in Idlib today.  While we continue to learn details, reports suggest Assad may have again used chemical weapons against his own people.  Even after six years of carnage, the depths of Assad's brutality remain shocking.

"Sadly, the Assad regime is likely feeling empowered right now.  This week, the Trump Administration moved toward appeasing the butcher in Damascus and accepting how Moscow and Tehran have enabled and protected him. 

“Now that Donald Trump has put the world's superpower firmly on the sidelines, I fear what may come next for the Syrian people."