President Donald Trump's order to strike Syria in retaliation for using chemical weapons sent "a strong message of a new sheriff in town" to Presidents Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin, according to former Sen. Kelly Ayotte.
The New Hampshire Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday that the response "sets a tone" for Trump's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
"Syria is always complicated," she said, adding that the number of Syrian refugees will present a challenge.
"Do we establish a safe zone, which many of us have called for? What will happen [to] the Syrian moderates that we've been previously supporting on the ground? It has to be part of a larger strategy here if we're going to have success."
Ayotte also addressed her party's ongoing struggle to confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, and their decision to use the "nuclear option" and lower the necessary amount of votes to a simple majority.
"I know many of my former rep colleagues did not want to go down this road. When this happened in 2013, many including myself didn't think it was a good move when Harry Reid was in charge, but if you look historically it has not been invoked to block such a qualified nominee and put us on this road. I don't think overall it's disappointing, but it had to happen. I don't know what choice the Republicans were left here."
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