Local lawmakers react to military strike on Syrian government airbase

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Following the Thursday night air strike in Syria, FOX 4 reached out to local lawmakers for their reaction on President Donald Trump's decision. FOX 4 has not heard back from all of the local lawmakers, but we will be adding their responses as they come into our newsroom.

Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, said:

“I’m supportive of these strikes - against a source of barbaric chemical weapons attacks on civilians - I just hope it wasn’t an impulsive reaction, but rather part of a broader plan and strategy.”

Senator Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, said: 

“President Trump’s swift, targeted, proportional strike in Syria is the right response to Bashar al-Assad’s horrific chemical attack earlier this week. I’m grateful to the military men and women who bravely executed the strike as quickly and effectively as they did. For six years, Assad has carried out these atrocities with impunity. That changed yesterday. I believe the president’s action sends a strong signal to Russia, a strong signal to Iran, and a strong signal to North Korea. And, I hope his action instills confidence in our partners, friends, and allies throughout the Middle East who have lost faith in our ability to lead globally and respond decisively.”

Senator Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, said: 

“Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s violation of international law with the continued use of chemical weapons has resulted in the deaths of innocent civilians, further demonstrating the Syrian regime’s disregard for humanity. Our nation is fortunate to have capable U.S. Armed Forces who dutifully fulfill their mission when called upon. The president must work with Congress and present to the American people a strategy that outlines clear goals and the means necessary to achieve them.”

Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, said:

“I applaud President Trump’s decision to take action in Syria against the atrocities committed by the Assad regime with its use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians.

This action is a wake-up call to Assad and our other adversaries around the world – that the United States will not idly stand by and let these atrocities continue.

President Trump began his Presidency meeting with our allies in the Middle East and in Asia. These discussions were the foundation for his decision to begin a new era of American foreign policy. After eight years of passive policies, last night’s action is a strong signal to these allies that America will take decisive action against bad actors.

There are times the president must take action on behalf of our national security – and this was one of those times. This precision strike was not an act of war, nor an indication of long-term conflict. The president has shown that the U.S. is and will remain the leader of the free world.

I am proud of the impressive capability and skill of our men and women in uniform who were able to carry out this mission.”

Footage shows the immediate aftermath of the US missile strike on a Syrian airbase

Congressman Sam Graves, R-Missouri, also issued a statement on the strikes in Syria.

“This week dozens of innocent people were murdered in a horrific chemical weapons attack in Syria. Our response makes clear that the United States is committed to preventing international war crimes and that we strongly condemn the use of weapons of mass destruction, especially against innocent civilians. I applaud President Trump for his decisive action and will continue to support any effort to ensure Assad is held accountable,” Rep. Graves said.

Congressman Kevin Yoder, R-Kansas, issued this statement:

"The President's decisive, surgical response was the right action to take in Syria. The use of chemical weapons are a threat to us all and as we have seen over the past several years, allowing Assad to murder his people and destabilize the region has led to a refugee crisis that endangers our national security by opening up the United States and our allies to attacks by ISIS. As we move forward, it is incumbent upon the President to clearly communicate our policy in Syria to the American people and work with Congress in authorizing force for any broader action."