Senator Dick Black (R-13) is spending three days in Syria in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Senator Black has tried for years to bring attention to persecuted Christians in Syria. From the Washington Post,
“I am hoping to move us away from our insane policy regarding Syria. Syria has greater women’s rights and religious freedom than any nation in the Arab world,” Black said in a series of text messages to The Washington Post.
“We are allied with two of the most vile nations on earth, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which are intent on imposing a [Wahhabi] fundamentalist government on the Syrian people,” he said.
The Senator’s trip is not being paid for by the Virginia Senate or taxpayers.
Earlier this month Senator Black resigned as the co-chair of Ted Cruz’s campaign in Virginia. The Senator was recently elected as a national delegate from the 10th district to the National Convention in Cleveland.