Rouzer, Tillis, Jones react to Syria airstrike


WASHINGTON, DC (WWAY) — Representatives David Rouzer and Walter Jones and Senator Thom Tillis have issued statements on the attack on a Syrian air base with roughly 60 cruise missiles in response to a chemical weapons attack it blames on President Bashar Assad.

Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC) released the statement below on Syria:

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“Assad is a brutal dictator who, once again, is responsible for a tortuous attack killing his own people, including innocent children and women. I applaud President Trump’s decision to conduct devastating air strikes against an airbase in Syria, and I salute the brave soldiers who carried out this mission.

President Trump has sent a clear message to the Assad regime, Russia and our other enemies, such as Iran, North Korea, Al Qaeda, and ISIS, that our country will not tolerate such acts of evil. In order to keep Americans safe and protect our own homeland from these same type of chemical weapon attacks in the future, we must continue to show this type of leadership, decisiveness and resolve.”

Congressman Walter B. Jones (R-NC) released the following statement regarding the launch of U.S. airstrikes in Syria:

Regardless of the circumstances, no American president has the constitutional right to commit acts of war against a sovereign nation without approval from Congress.”  “As clearly stated in the Constitution, Congress has the sole power to declare war.  This is a dangerous precedent for the president to set for the new administration.

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement following the U.S. military’s airstrikes in Syria:

Assad is a war criminal who has targeted and murdered his own people, including innocent children. President Trump decisively responded to Assad’s latest atrocity to help prevent future ones, sending a clear message that when the Syrian regime crosses the red line, America will respond. We owe a debt of gratitude to the brave men and women in uniform who carried out today’s mission and continue to keep our nation safe and secure.”