UPDATE: Michigan leaders comment on missile strikes in Syria

UPDATE: Congressman Tim Walberg released a statement saying using chemical weapons against your own people is the definition of barbarism. He continues to say, “Last night’s missile strike against the Syrian airbase used to launch the chemical weapons attack was a decisive and targeted response. It puts the Assad regime on notice that these unimaginable acts of evil cannot continue and will not be tolerated. Moving forward, it is important the Administration work with Congress and our allies to develop a long-term strategy for Syria and the region.”

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UPDATE: Senator Stabenow has also released a statement saying that the Trump administration must continue with a clear strategy that includes coordination with our allies.

“The Syrian people have endured horrendous atrocities at the hands of their government, and the latest chemical weapons attack against innocent children and their families demands a response. I stand behind our service members involved in last night’s military action and commend their bravery.”

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Original Story:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States blasted a Syrian air base with a barrage of cruise missiles Thursday night in fiery retaliation for this week’s gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians. President Donald Trump cast the U.S. assault as vital to deter future use of poison gas and called on other nations to join in seeking “to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria.”

It was the first direct American assault on the Syrian government and Trump’s most dramatic military order since becoming president just over two months ago. The strikes also risk thrusting the U.S. deeper into an intractable conflict that his predecessor spent years trying to avoid.

Announcing the assault from his Florida resort, Trump said there was no doubt Syrian President Bashar Assad was responsible for the chemical attack, which he said employed banned gases and killed dozens

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, said, “Bashar Al-Assad’s ruthless use of chemical weapons to kill innocent men, women, and children is abhorrent and cannot be tolerated. Our ultimate goals in resolving the crisis in Syria should be restoring stability to the region and providing safety and security for the Syrian people, who have endured unspeakable terror at the hands of their own government. I applaud the skill and bravery of the American service members who executed last night’s air strike.” He continues to say, “I firmly believe this strike and any future U.S. military action must be accompanied by a comprehensive strategy to achieve our goals of stability and safety.”

Peters urges President Trump to work with Congress to make sure the United States of America is a united front when it comes to these problems in Syria.

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