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GOP Praises Trump for 'Appropriate and Just' Syrian Response

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By    |   Thursday, 06 Apr 2017 11:51 PM

Congressional Republicans praised President Donald Trump's decision Thursday to strike a Syrian air base in response to Tuesday's chemical weapons attack by President Bashar al-Assad's government, with House Speaker Paul Ryan saying the dictator's regime "can no longer count on American inaction as it carries out atrocities against the Syrian people."

Here are their statements:

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.:

"Earlier this week the Assad regime murdered dozens of innocent men, women, and children in a barbaric chemical weapons attack.

"Tonight the United States responded. This action was appropriate and just.

"These tactical strikes make clear that the Assad regime can no longer count on American inaction as it carries out atrocities against the Syrian people.

"Resolving the years-long crisis in Syria is a complex task, but Bashar al-Assad must be held accountable and his enablers must be persuaded to change course.

"I look forward to the administration further engaging Congress in this effort."

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif.:

"Assad was warned, repeatedly, by the U.S. and the U.N. that the intentional targeting of innocent men, women and children is intolerable.

"Now, Assad has been caught red-handed carrying out another abhorrent chemical attack, and the administration has taken a measured response.

"Moving ahead, the administration must work with Congress and lay out clear policy goals for Syria and the region."

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.:

"I commend President Trump for taking swift, decisive action against Bashar al-Assad's outlaw regime.

"Any country that violates arms-control agreements with the U.S., develops illicit chemical- or nuclear-weapons programs, or supports those countries that do ought to take note."

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb.:

"After Syrian moms and dads buried their children, American troops met injustice with strength.

"The use of chemical weapons cannot become normal. Civilized people cannot grow indifferent to such suffering.

"After sending a clear message tonight, the president should propose to Congress a comprehensive strategy to protect American interests from a humanitarian crisis that threatens to destabilize our regional allies and create vacuums tor jihadi sanctuaries."

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa:

"Tonight, President Trump took action against Bashar al-Assad's regime, and followed through with the red line drawn by the Obama administration.

"Assad is a war criminal. His regime, backed by Russia, continues to destabilize Syria and target civilians.

"This has been a tragic reality for the past six years and has gone on far too long.

"Unlike the Obama administration, the Trump administration is showing global leadership and we must work to find an end to the root causes of this crisis."

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga.:

"Assad is a tyrant and his chemical weapon attack against innocent civilians this week was beyond inhumane.

"This will not be tolerated.

"After six years of inaction by the Obama administration, I am glad to see that President Trump is willing to stand up for these innocent victims and stop those responsible for this violence.

"I commend our brave servicewomen and men who are carrying out this vital mission tonight."

Other Republicans took to Twitter:

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