Reactions to Trump’s missle attack on Syria

On Thursday night, President Trump authorized airstrikes on the Syrian airbase from which Tuesday’s chemical weapons attacks were launched against the Syrian people.

Below are just some of the responses from U.S. lawmakers regarding the military action taken by the Trump administration:

Senator Marco Rubio has thrown his full support behind President Trump’s decision to launch airstrikes against Syria. He released the following public statement:

“I salute the bravery and skill of the men and women of our Armed Forces who conducted this mission.  Tonight’s strike against the Assad regime’s Shayrat Air Base will hopefully diminish his capacity to commit atrocities against innocent civilians. By acting decisively against the very facility from which Assad launched his murderous chemical weapons attack, President Trump has made it clear to Assad and those who empower him that the days of committing war crimes with impunity are over. What must follow is a real and comprehensive strategy to ensure that Assad is no longer a threat to his people and to U.S. security, and that Russia no longer has free reign to support his regime.”

Rubio also tweeted his support, noting that Trump was moved by the stories of suffering and horror from the chemical attack, and he quoted a Bible verse to drive his point home:

Senator Rand Paul, on the other hand, was not pleased, saying Trump should have gotten approval from Congress first:

House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted his approval of Trump’s action, saying it was “appropriate and just.”

Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham issued a joint statement of support, saying, in part, “Unlike the previous administration, President Trump confronted a pivotal moment in Syria and took action. For that, he deserves the support of the American people.”

Senator Ted Cruz released a statement saying, “Any military action in Syria must be justified as protecting the vital national security interest of America.”

Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi released a statement on her website saying, “Tonight’s strike in Syria appears to be a proportional response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons. If the President intends to escalate the U.S. military’s involvement in Syria, he must come to Congress for Authorization for Use of Military Force.”

Senator Chuck Schumer released the following, carefully worded statement:

“Making sure Assad knows that when he commits such despicable atrocities he will pay a price is the right thing to do. It is incumbent on the Trump administration to come up with a strategy and consult with congress before implementing it. I salute the professionalism and skill of our Armed Forces who took action today.”

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