Updated President Trump orders military strike on Syria in response to chemical attack. Reaction from Georgia’s senators.

Updated President Trump orders military strike on Syria in response to chemical attack. Reaction from Georgia’s senators.

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From ABC News: President Donald Trump announced that he ordered a strike on Syria in response to last weekend’s alleged chemical weapons attack.

Addressing the nation Friday evening, Trump said the joint strike with France and United Kingdom is currently underway.

“A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad,” Trump said. “A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway.”

He added that the U.S. “does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria.”

Statement from U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations:

“The atrocious and inhumane use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime against its own people cannot and must not be tolerated by the international community. I support President Trump’s decision to carry out precision strikes meant to degrade and destroy Syria’s ability to perpetrate another chemical weapons attack. We stand united with our coalition partners to send the strongest message possible to the world that this kind of reckless disregard for humanity and international norms will result in devastating consequences.”

Statement from U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee:

“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. 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.”

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