Congressman Sean Maloney

Representing the 18th District of New York
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Maloney Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

Apr 7, 2017
Press Release

Washington – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney released the following statement after President Trump ordered a missile strike on a Syrian airbase.

 

“First of all, I hope everyone will join me in saying a prayer for our troops who are right now in harm’s way serving our country.

 

“President Assad is a butcher and a murderer, and the images of his chemical weapons attack on his own people – including women and children – was one of the most disturbing things I have ever seen. Last night’s tactical strikes were a targeted and proportionate response.

 

“However, the U.S. cannot conduct foreign policy on an ad hoc basis. If the President wants to take expanded military action in Syria, he must get a formal Authorization for the Use of Military Force from Congress. Members of Congress should have to stand up and be counted before we commit to a wider conflict in Syria. In addition, any plan to increase our military role in this conflict has to include a clear mission objective and exit strategy and it needs the support of the American people.”