“Bashar al-Assad‘s repeated use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians – so many of them children – was an atrocity and must be stopped,” said Jones.
“I fully support the President’s actions last night to strategically target Assad’s capacity to use chemical weapons, and to do so with the assistance of our allies. It is my hope, as General Mattis stated last night, that Assad gets the message this time and that further action, which should be done with Congressional approval, will not be necessary.”
“Finally, I am grateful for the capable service of the Alabama airmen who supported this mission in Syria last night. To them and their families, I share my continued appreciation for their sacrifices on behalf of all of us.”
Jones released his statement after the United States, United Kingdom, and France used targeted airstrikes on several targets related to Syria’s chemical weapons program.
The strikes came six days after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces used chemical weapons against civilians outside of Damascus.
Activists and doctors Syria published images of men, women, and children with foam coming out of their mouths and noses; doctors saying that they were exposed to a nerve agent. The attack killed at least 42 adults and children.
Trump tweeted on Saturday that the airstrike was “A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!”
A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2018
While most Republican lawmakers applauded the President’s actions, Democratic lawmakers have varying opinions.
Virginia-Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine said Trump’s actions were “illegal” because he proceeded with approval from congress.
House Minority Leader California-Democrat Nancy Pelosi said that although Assad’s chemical weapons attack was a “brutally inhumane war crime that demands a strong, smart and calculated response.” Trump needs to present a more comprehensive strategy on Syria to Congress and seek lawmakers’ approval in order to move forward.