Congressman Deutch Statement on Airstrikes in Syria
Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Ranking Member of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, issued this statement on U.S. airstrikes in Syria:
"Assad's use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians was a heinous war crime. It demanded a measured response by the United States, and we’ve learned that tonight's strikes specifically targeted the air base from which the chemical attacks were launched. Our military leaders acted swiftly and professionally to send a clear message that this disregard for international law and for innocent lives will not be tolerated.
"However, the President cannot be led to believe that he has a free pass to act militarily without consulting Congress. Stopping Assad's six year-long slaughter of his own people and fighting terrorism demand a comprehensive strategy. This strike will not end the conflict. Before this Administration takes further action, Congress must finally debate an authorization for the use of military force that focuses and limits our strategy in Syria.
"Finally, to help save Syrian lives and enhance our national security, President Trump should rethink his harmful ban on Syrian refugees."