Pelosi traveled to Syria in 2007 and met with Bashar al-Assad, despite the backlash.
Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters that last week’s airstrike on a Syrian air base was in direct response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons on the Syrian people at a press conference on Tuesday.
“If they use chemical weapons, they are going to pay a very, very stiff price,” Mattis said Tuesday.
The strikes on Syria received broad bipartisan support, including from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
However, Pelosi has an interesting history when it comes to Assad, having previously traveled to Syria to talk with Assad about Middle East peace in 2007.
Then-Speaker Pelosi went to Syria and met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, despite significant objections from the Bush administration.
The New York Times reported at the time of the meeting:
“Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, met here today with President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and discussed a variety of Middle Eastern issues, including the situations in Iraq and Lebanon and the prospect of peace talks between Syria and Israel.
There is even a picture of the two.
The Washington Post‘s editorial board bashed Pelosi for meeting with Assad saying, “Ms. Pelosi’s attempt to establish a shadow presidency is not only counterproductive, it is foolish.”
There is an even video of Pelosi addressing reporters following her meeting with Assad:
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