LA Lawmakers react to U.S. airstrike on Syria

US Military strikes on Syria in reaction to Syria's chemical weapons use / Cropped Photo: Peter Gronemann / CC BY-SA 2.0 / MGN
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WASHINGTON D.C. (KNOE 8 News) - Late Friday night into early Saturday morning, the U.S. launched an airstrike on Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack from the Syrian government on Syrian civilians.

On Saturday, Congressman Ralph Abraham and Senator John Kennedy reacted to the airstrike.

In a prepared statement, Kennedy said, "“The of chemical weapons is immoral and a violation of international law. The United States told Syria not to do it anymore and Syria did, so we responded on behalf of all civilized nations. I congratulate President Trump, and I thank our allies the United Kingdom and France for joining with us. Our strikes were restrained and strategic; they targeted only Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons and its manufacturing facilities. The strikes targeted neither Russia nor Iran. I hope Russia and Iran will change their minds and join with the United States and the world in condemning Assad’s butchery. The only way for America to remain safe in a dangerous world is to remain strong and use our military might only when we have to. At the same time, we have to act in a way such that our friends will trust us and our enemies will respect us. I believe President Trump, Prime Minister May and President Macron have done that.”

In a phone interview, Congressman Abraham said in part, ""The strikes were targeted, they were appropriate, and they were successful. So, look, I'm glad the President ordered the military strike. It certainly was the right thing to do. We cannot allow evil people like Assad, or anyone, to gas their people and get away with it."