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Joni Ernst on Syrian Strike: 'This Was a One-Time Attack'

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By    |   Friday, 07 Apr 2017 05:13 PM

Sen. Joni Ernst Friday backed President Donald Trump's strike on a Syrian air base Thursday, emphasizing that "this was a one-time attack on the assets that were used in a chemical weapons attack against the people of Syria.

"It was in response to a very specific attack," the Iowa Republican, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Jake Tapper on CNN. "It's not an ongoing operation."

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Army Gen. Joseph Dunford briefed Ernst and other committee members of the strike, which involved 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from two Navy destroyers in the Mediterranean Sea.

"The president did make a good assessment, a good call on the situation," Ernst told Tapper. "It was a very surgical strike on the assets that were in Syria that were involved with this chemical attack against [Syrian President Bashar] Assad's population."

She said U.S. officials had no clear evidence yet that Russia was involved in Tuesday's chemical attack, but that Moscow has been "complacent in a number of operations that have gone on in Syria."

Ernst added that Trump "laid out his case" to the American people for the missile strike.

"Humanitarian atrocities, of course, the use of the chemical weapons.

"But we also have ISIS engaged in that region, and we simply don't want to see chemicals fall into the hands of ISIS operators," she said.

"There's an ongoing civil war, but that paired with the ISIS threat makes it even more imperative that we make sure we're destroying any of those delivery systems."

However, "we also need to engage the United Nations and make sure that we can push for investigations throughout Syria and make sure that if there are residual chemical weapons that the United Nations is finding those weapons and making sure they are disposed of."

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Sen. Joni Ernst Friday backed President Donald Trump's strike on a Syrian air base Thursday, emphasizing that "this was a one-time attack on the assets that were used in a chemical weapons attack against the people of Syria.
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