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Cole Statement on Syria Action

April 13, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement in response to the strike by the United States, Great Britian and France against military targets in Syria.

"President Trump and our allies were correct to strike Syrian targets in response to the illegal and immoral use of chemical weapons against its own citizens by the regime of Bashar al-Assad," said Cole. "The President was also right to warn Russia and Iran to cease supporting the actions of the brutal Assad regime.

"Two years ago the Syrian regime pledged to forgo the use of chemical weapons, and Russia guarnteed that these commitments would be met. The Assad regime has broken its word, and Russia has failed to meet its obligations. Given those facts, America and its allies were justified to respond with military force.

"I am proud that President Trump has used American power to enforce international law and the humanitarian instincts of the civilized world. As the President noted, the Assad regime must live within the rules of international law, and Russia and Iran must cease supporting the immoral tactics of Assad's brutal regime.

"More action may be needed in the days ahead. I am confident that the President and his advisors will continue to uphold and enforce international law in a dangerous world," Cole concluded.