Local Politicians React to US Missile Strike in Syria

Elected officials in South Florida and throughout the state are reacting to Thursday night’s decision by the Trump administration to launch an air strike into Syria in retaliation for this week’s gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) released a statement saying he hoped the strike against the Assad regime’s Shayrat Air Base would “diminish his capacity to commit atrocities against innocent civilians.

“By acting decisively against the very facility from which Assad launched his murderous chemical weapons attack, President Trump has made it clear to Assad and those who empower him that the days of committing war crimes with impunity are over. What must follow is a real and comprehensive strategy to ensure that Assad is no longer a threat to his people and to U.S. security, and that Russia no longer has free reign to support his regime.”

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) also said he supported the strike.

“I support the administration’s strike on the air base that launched the chemical attack. I hope this teaches President Assad not to use chemical weapons again,” Sen. Nelson said.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) tweeted her support of the air strike late Thursday.

“I support the airstrikes against airbase in #Syria. The US did what rest of the world failed to do: lead + respond to #Assad’s war crimes,” she said.