Local leaders react to U.S. strikes in Syria

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
April 13, 2018

Following President Donald Trump's announcement that the United States has launched "precision" military strikes against targets inside Syria linked to recent chemical attacks, local leaders are speaking in response.

Georgia Senator David Perdue (R) released the following statement shortly after the President spoke.

"“Chemical attacks against innocent children and civilians are horrific and totally unacceptable. Assad must know his inhumane actions will not be tolerated. I’ve met some of the Syrian families who fled Assad’s terror and are living in a refugee camp at the Turkish border. For too long, the world has been asking: when will Assad stop? It is time for action. President Trump is engaged and led our allies in measured response to hold Assad accountable.

Florida Senator (R), Marco Rubio releasing this statement:

"Tonight, our commander-in-chief ordered our military to defend America’s vital national security interest in preventing hostile regimes like Syria’s Assad regime from using chemical weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. I salute the men and women of our Armed Forces who conducted this mission bravely and skillfully with our British and French allies. I urge the Administration to follow up with a real and comprehensive strategy for ending Assad’s threat to his people, to the region and to U.S. security, and for countering Russian and Iranian support for the Syrian dictatorship’s ongoing barbarity.”

“Now, more in the international community need to join the U.S. in a strong response to Assad. A good start would be to prevent Syria from taking its turn to head the UN Conference on Disarmament and instead insist on leadership from a country that’s not actively using chemical weapons on its own civilians.”

This is a developing story.