U.S. senators and congressmen representing Louisiana are reacting to President Donald Trump administration's Thursday night missile strike on a Syrian air base - an action carried out in response to a chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on his citizens earlier this week.
Sen. John Kennedy, R-La.:
"I commend President Trump for his swift action against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. Assad is a thug. He cannot murder his own citizens and children without expecting consequences. You cannot reason with someone like Assad. It’s like trying to hand feed a shark and expecting to get anything but bitten. I hope that Assad gets the message that there’s a new sheriff in town and that the United States of America will assert its moral authority to do the right thing."
Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La.:
"We are horrified at the despicable acts committed by the Assad regime, and we are watching the U.S. military response very carefully. America must always use lethal military response as a last resort. I have faith that our commander-in-chief has received highly classified briefings and counsel from the top military and intelligence commanders, leading to the response. I am cautiously and prayerfully following these events as they unfold."
Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La.:
“For too long these barbaric actions in Syria have gone unanswered. Our previous president refused to put forward a comprehensive strategy while tens of thousands continued to die at the hands of a brutal dictator and murderer. I fully support President Trump’s swift decision to retaliate against the latest horrible chemical attack in Syria and show that these actions will not be tolerated. It is well past time the international community step up to long held principles and not only condemn the atrocities being carried out by the Syrian government, but stand firmly behind proposals that will ultimately stop this bloodshed.”
Bill Cassidy, R-La.:
“The chemical warfare was a step over the line—there had to be quick, decisive action. Of all the countries that cared about this, the United States was the only one with the capability to address it and President Trump addressed it in a measured way.”
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