WASHINGTON (NEWS CENTER Maine)—While the dust still settles from Friday night’s air strikes, against the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad in a coordinated attack with U.K. and French allies, some of Maine’s Congressional delegation reacted to the news.
“The international community cannot and must not tolerate the use of chemical weapons,” said Sen. Angus King (I-ME). “They have been out of bounds – even in wartime with a few notable exceptions – for 100 years, since World War One, because of the horror they inflict on the victims.”
Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) also issued a statement over the use of air strikes. The Congressman approved of the strategic and calculative use of military force, but also suggested the President seek the advice of Congress before the next attack.
“These strikes were measured and in direct response to condemned aggression and atrocities from the Assad government in Syria,” said Rep. Poliquin. “However, President Trump should come to Congress if he is considering further aggressive military action. It’s important Congress has an opportunity to review proposals for further aggressive military action.”
“My concern remains that any action that is not carefully targeted and coordinated could result in an unintended escalation of this conflict from a civil war to an expanded international struggle,” said Sen. King. “We have many service members in the Middle East and must always keep them in our thoughts during these dangerous times.”
King also echoed Rep. Poliquin’s request to consult Congress ahead of future strikes. “As we move forward in the days ahead, I will continue to push for a more comprehensive strategy in Syria – as I did with the Obama Administration – and urge the current administration to work closely with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, and our partners around the world to help resolve this troubling conflict,” said Sen. King.