As you know, President Trump authorized airstrikes against Syria in response to Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people.
Senator John McCain and Senator Lyndsey Graham are highly critical of the Assad regime and certainly have shown they’re not the biggest fans of President Trump, but on this move, they are supportive:
The dig at the Obama administration will not go unnoticed. I expect there will be a lot of finger-pointing by former Obama officials in the coming days. They’ll likely be complaining about Congressional Republicans tying President Obama’s hands but such trivial nonsense will go unnoticed.
.@POTUS's strikes in #Syria send impt msg US won't stand by as #Assad, aided by #Russia, slaughters innocent Syrians https://t.co/aWTeS9N7PK
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) April 7, 2017
Here is the full statement:
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.”
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