Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell defended Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi against bipartisan criticism she is not stopping atrocities against the country's Rohingya Muslim population, which the United Nations labeled "ethnic cleansing."

"I don't favor passing a resolution going after her," McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday. "I think she's the greatest hope we have to move Burma from where it has been, a military dictatorship, where I hope she is going."

Democratic senators and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., introduced a resolution calling on Aung San Suu Kyi "to live up to her inspiring words upon receiving the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize with respect to ethnic reconciliation in Burma, and in particular to address the historic and brutal repression of the Rohingya in Rakhine State."

McConnell signaled he won't be bringing the resolution to the Senate floor.

"My personal view is America is kind of singling her out and lecturing while she is in a very challenging position is not helping," McConnell said.