U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, both Tennessee Republicans, said President Donald Trump’s airstrikes in Syria are appropriate measures to combat deadly chemical attacks allegedly ordered by the country’s dictator, Bashar Assad.
Both Alexander and Corker also said that further action should include engagement with Congress.
Late Thursday, the United States military launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield. It’s the first direct American assault on Assad’s government since the country’s civil war started six years ago, according to The Washington Post.
“The limited missile strike launched Thursday night against the air base in Syria was an appropriate immediate response to President Assad’s use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people, including Syrian children,” Alexander said in a prepared statement.
Alexander added that Congress’ involvement is important so that leaders can evaluate the long-term consequences of the president’s plans “and determine whether additional engagement would be in the vital national security interest of the United States.”
Corker said he applauds Trump for taking “decisive action” following the latest chemical attack in Syria.
“The U.S. and world community stood by as Syrian dictator [Bashar Assad] brutally tortured and murdered more than 500,000 of his own people,” he also said. “It is critical that Assad knows he will no longer enjoy impunity for his horrific crimes against his own citizens, and this proportional step was appropriate.”
Click here to see what other members of Congress said about the airstrikes, according to CBS.