WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism released the following statement in response to the United States announcement of precision strikes against Syria.

“For months, the world has watched in horror as defenseless men, women, and children were murdered in cold blood by a rogue regime intent on using chemical weapons against their own people,” said Chairman Poe. “Yesterday evening, President Trump joined together with our allies, France and Britain, to authorize precision airstrikes on the Bashar al-Assad regime. The use of chemical weapons is a direct violation of international law. This swift and decisive retaliation was an appropriate and proportional response to this horrific crime.

As President Trump stated, the United States does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria. The United States troops currently deployed in Syria seek only to eradicate the influence of ISIS. We are closer than ever to achieving this goal. Congress would be required to authorize additional boots on the ground- regardless of the mission goal.”

Congressman Ted Poe is a Senior Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Non-proliferation & Trade.