WASHINGTON, April 6, 2017 — The United States fired Tomahawk missiles into Syria today in retaliation for the regime of Bashar Assad using nerve agents to attack his own people. President Donald J. Trump ordered the attack on Al-Shayrat Air Base, the base from which the chemical attack on Syria’s Idlib province was launched. The missiles were launched from U.S. Navy ships in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. The attack is in retaliation for the Syrian dictator for using banned chemical agents in the April 4 attack. “Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians,” Trump said in a statement to the nation. “Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.”
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Statement By McCain & Graham On Military Strikes In Syria
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) released the following statement on tonight’s military strikes in Syria:
“We salute the skill and professionalism of the U.S. Armed Forces who carried out tonight’s strikes in Syria. Acting on the orders of their commander-in-chief, they have sent an important message the United States will no longer stand idly by as Assad, aided and abetted by Putin’s Russia, slaughters innocent Syrians with chemical weapons and barrel bombs.
“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. Building on tonight’s credible first step, we must finally learn the lessons of history and ensure that tactical success leads to strategic progress. That means following through with a new, comprehensive strategy in coordination with our allies and partners to end the conflict in Syria. The first measure in such a strategy must be to take Assad’s air force—which is responsible not just for the latest chemical weapons attack, but countless atrocities against the Syrian people—completely out of the fight. We must also bolster support for the vetted Syrian opposition and establish safe zones to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis. As we do, we can and must continue the campaign to achieve ISIS’s lasting defeat.”
Congressman Andy Biggs’ Statement on President Trump’s Syrian Airbase Strike
“Days ago, the world watched in horror as men, women, and children laid lifeless in the streets of Khan Sheikhun, victims of an unthinkable chemical attack from their own government. In response, President Donald Trump showed decisive leadership by rightfully confronting these atrocities in Syria through a strategic military strike, targeting the airbase where the most recent chemical attack was launched from. Tonight, America sent an unmistakable message to the rest of the world that these actions will not go unchecked.
“I'm thankful for the President's leadership and for the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who commit themselves to defending our freedoms and national security. I am interested to learn more about the President's strategy going forward and to join my colleagues in Congress providing their expertise and oversight. My wife, Cindy, and I join many Americans in praying for the people of Syria.”
“Tonight the United States responded to the atrocities of the Assad regime with measured, yet decisive military action—launching approximately sixty Tomahawk missiles at the Syrian airbase used for recent chemical attacks. I’m proud that I have successfully advocated in Congress to keep the Tomahawk missile line at Raytheon in Tucson open so that this weapon was ready and available when our armed forces needed it. The use of banned and deadly chemical weapons to murder innocent men, women, and children is evil and deserves a just response."