Saturday: Stefanik Supports Syria Missile StrikePosted: Updated:
North country congresswoman Elise Stefanik supports President Trump's decision to launch a missile strike in Syria Friday night, aimed at convincing the Assad regime to stop using chemical weapons.
The strike was described by U.S. officials as "precision," and directed at Syria's chemical weapons capability.
In a statement Saturday morning, Stefanik said “Last night, U.S. and allied forces launched precision air strikes against the Syrian regime in response to its use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians.
"This kind of brutality cannot stand, and I support the President’s decision to respond with the support of our allies in the UK and France.
“There are many questions that remain about our policy in Syria, and I will continue working with my colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee to conduct rigorous oversight of our strategy. I pray for the safety of our brave men and women serving in uniform as they carry out this mission.”
Stefanik is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities.
One of the Democrats hoping to oppose Stefanik in November had a much different take on the missile strike.
Patrick Nelson said in a statement "He (Trump) lacks the authority to do this without Congressional approval.
"His actions tonight were not only irresponsible and dangerous, but illegal and unconstitutional.
"President Trump did not wait for the independent investigation to conclude on the alleged chemical weapons attack and his motives are questionable, in light of the scandals and chaos of this administration.
"Congress must act immediately to repeal both the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force. It is time for Congress to take back its proper role as the ultimate decider on American military action.
"This is a matter for the International Criminal Court, not the U.S. Military."