UPDATE: Sen. Boozman Cautions President Against Syria Action Without Congress, Delegation Weighs In

Apr 7, 2017

File photo: US Sen. Tom Cotton touring military vehicle prototypes in Little Rock.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Arkansas’s all-Republican congressional delegation is showing support for President Trump’s air strikes in Syria. 

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton, in a statement released late Thursday night, said he commends the president for “taking swift, decisive action” against an “outlaw regime.”

The state's senior U.S. Senator John Boozman said "Limited, swift and decisive action was required to deter further brutality."

Boozman also cautioned against further military action from the executive branch.

"Moving forward, the administration must engage with Congress to seek approval for further action. As I have said since 2013, we need a strategic plan that details U.S. military and diplomatic involvement, and outlines, most importantly, the end goal for the region and our allies."

Central Arkansas congressman French Hill of the 2nd District  said it was an “appropriate and proportionate response” to the use of chemical weapons. The Republican called on the UN to hold Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accountable for “war crimes.”

Cotton’s full statement:

"I commend President Trump for taking swift, decisive action against Bashar al-Assad's outlaw regime. Any country that violates arms-control agreements with the U.S., develops illicit chemical- or nuclear-weapons programs, or supports those countries that do ought to take note."

Boozman's full statement:

“In carrying out another chemical attack on innocent civilians, Bashar al-Assad has clearly violated international law. Limited, swift and decisive action was required to deter further brutality and show that these types of inhumane attacks will not be tolerated. Moving forward, the administration must engage with Congress to seek approval for further action. As I have said since 2013, we need a strategic plan that details U.S. military and diplomatic involvement, and outlines, most importantly, the end goal for the region and our allies”

Hill’s full statement:

“This strategic attack against Syrian military targets was an appropriate and proportionate response to Assad’s use of deadly chemical weapons. Tonight, our president has told Assad that America will no longer ignore his unspeakable acts of aggression against innocent people. Now, the United Nations must follow our lead and respond to Assad’s actions by pursuing a cease fire in Syria, creating safe zones, and holding him accountable for his war crimes.”