Lawmakers in our region react to Syria air stikes

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Addressing the nation Friday night, President Donald Trump announced military action in Syria, following last weekend’s alleged chemical attacks.

President Trump called it “precision strikes,” with the help of Britain and France.

United States Defense officials say U.S. ships, and aircraft are being used in the effort.

Trump said the Bashar Al Assad regime deployed chemical weapons, slaughtering innocent civilians.

He called it a “very terrible regime”.

Trump also had a message for Iran and Russia, “What kind of nation wants to be associated with this mass murderer?”

President trump did stress America doesn’t want to have an indefinite presence in Syria. He said he looks forward to the day he can bring our warriors home.

“The evil and despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air. These are not the actions of a man, they are the crimes of a monster instead,” said Trump.

The Pentagon held a briefing about an hour later.

“I want to emphasize that these strikes are directed at the Syrian regime. In conducting these strikes, we have gone to great lengths to avoid civilian and foreign casualties,” said Department of Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis.Senators in our region are already reacting.

New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen said “the Assad regime’s brutality cannot go unanswered.”

She added she once again calls on the White House “to issue a clear policy on Syria and urge the senate to pass legislation to this effect.”Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said “it is unclear how President Trump’s illegal and unauthorized strikes on Syria will achieve that goal.”

“After 17 years of war in Afghanistan and 15 years of war in Iraq, we need a political strategy to bring peace and stability to the region, not more U.S. Military intervention,” added Sanders.

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