Five members of Washington's Congressional delegation have so far released statements on Trump's order to join allies Britain and France in launching missile strikes in Syria. Here's what they said.
Three members of Washington’s Congressional delegation have so far said they are behind President Donald Trump’s move to launch missile strikes in Syria, while one U.S. lawmaker from Seattle said she is opposed.
Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Yakima, Rep. Dave Reichert, R-
Meanwhile, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., condemned Syrian President Bashar Assad’s suspected use of chemical weapons but said she wanted more answers about President Trump’s response, and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Seattle, accused Trump of acting outside his constitutional authority.
The coordinated strike marked the second time in a year that Trump has used force against Assad, who U.S. officials believe has continued to test the West’s willingness to accept gruesome chemical attacks.
Here are the full statements from the U.S. lawmakers from Washington:
“Assad’s commitment of atrocities using chemical weapons against innocent civilians cannot be tolerated by civilized nations,” said Rep. Newhouse. “While long-term questions remain on our engagement in Syria, I support the decision by President Trump to join with our allies to launch the targeted military response tonight to hold the Assad regime accountable.”
“Absolutely no one should be treated the way the Syrian government has treated their people. Chemical weapons attacks against innocent men, women, and children cannot be tolerated. It is our responsibility as a world leader to take a stand with our allies against these heinous actions. Discussion of our long-term strategy in Syria will continue, but at this moment it is essential we take a stand. My prayers are with our military forces and those who have witnessed the atrocities of the Assad regime.”
“President Assad’s use of chemical weapons and attacks on civilians are inexcusable, inhumane, and illegal. While I support the goal of holding President Assad accountable and degrading his ability to use chemical weapons, I have a number of questions and concerns about tonight’s action and the plan moving forward that I am going to want answers to in the days ahead.”
“President Trump has just conducted another set of unconstitutional strikes. He does not have the power to take these actions without consulting Congress. Only Congress – not the White House – has the power to declare war.
“Tonight’s airstrikes are not a long term plan to resolve the Syrian crisis, and they will do little to stop a dictator like Assad from repeating his crimes against humanity.
This post will be updated, should more members of Washington’s congressional delegation release remarks.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.