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Rep. Tonko Responds to U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

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Washington, April 7, 2017 | comments
"Ultimately, the Syrian Civil War will not be ended by a missile strike. It requires a diplomatic solution. I encourage President Trump to engage with the other governments of the world, including President Assad's supporters in Russia, to bring an end to this conflict." - Rep. Paul Tonko
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ALBANY, NYCongressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) issued the following statement today in response to last night’s U.S. airstrikes in Syria:

The horrific chemical attacks on innocent Syrians were the latest atrocity in the Syrian Civil War, which has now entered its sixth year. Last night’s airstrikes appear to have narrowly targeted Al Shayrat airfield in what seems to have been a measured response. However, I am concerned that this could be a sign of more to come. I was skeptical of increasing U.S. military engagement in Syria under President Obama and that skepticism continues under President Trump.

Before escalating U.S. military actions in Syria any further, President Trump must do the following:

First, the President must articulate a clear strategy for the region that includes a plan to bring an end to this conflict. The American people and the U.S. service-members who would be put in harm's way deserve it.

Second, President Trump must come to Congress for a new Authorization for Use of Military Force. Congress should thoroughly and publicly debate the merits and risks of the President’s proposal.

Finally, President Trump must continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the region and resume offering refuge to innocent Syrians, who are victims of their brutal government and terrorist organizations.

Ultimately, the Syrian Civil War will not be ended by a missile strike. It requires a diplomatic solution. I encourage President Trump to engage with the other governments of the world, including President Assad's supporters in Russia, to bring an end to this conflict.

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