Some members of Alabama’s congressional delegation are reacting to President Donald Trump’s decision to launch a series of airstrikes in Syria Thursday evening. The strikes targeted an airfield where a recent chemical attack on Syrian civilians is said to have originated and killed more than 80 Syrian civilians.
Here’s what the Alabama delegation is saying about the airstrikes:
Senator Luther Strange:
President Trump’s decision to engage in tactical airstrikes against the Syrian regime is the kind of decisive action required at this critical moment in the ongoing regional crisis.
I applaud the swift action of our courageous U.S. military and encourage the President to make it clear that the Assad regime will continue to face swift and strong judgment for its atrocities. The Syrian people have suffered at the hands of a brutal dictator for too long.
Alabama 1st District U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne:
President Trump was right to respond to Assad’s barbaric and inhumane actions against men, women, and children in Syria. It appears the strikes were targeted and successful, and I want to share my gratitude and appreciation with the service members who planned and executed the strikes.
Ultimately, we still must answer a larger question about the future of Syria and the role of the United States going forward. One thing is clear: Congress must be involved in those discussions and decisions about what happens next.
Alabama 2nd District U.S. Rep. Martha Roby:
I applaud President Trump for his decisive response to Assad’s brutal chemical weapons attack. Many questions remain for the U.S. and the world in dealing with Syria, but one thing is for sure: this brutality will no longer be tolerated.
A special “thank you” to our brave military personnel who carried out this strike in Syria with precision.
Alabama 4th District U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt:
I fully support President Trump’s missile strike against Syria. The actions of the Syrian regime are deplorable and unacceptable.
Alabama 7th District U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell:
The Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons against its own civilians was an inhumane and unforgivable offense that requires an international response,” said Rep. Sewell. “As Americans, we cannot stand by and do nothing, and I believe that the airstrikes launched this week were a proportional response. But to effectively end the brutality of the Assad regime and the suffering of Syrian people, we need a comprehensive strategy with buy-in from lawmakers in Congress and international partners.
To address the crisis in Syria, including attacks on Syrian civilians, political instability, and the large-scale immigration of Syrian refugees, our country needs a long-term strategy for ending the violence. Congress can no longer abdicate its responsibility for addressing this international crisis. Any additional use of military force must be approved by the House and Senate.
The chemical attacks against Syrian civilians which we responded to this week are only the latest horrors perpetrated by Bashar al-Assad against his own country. As we continue to debate federal policy on providing relief for refugees, it is important to remember the millions of Syrians who have faced years of terror, this week so horrible that our country responded with military action.