Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) released the following statement in response to last night’s U.S. airstrike on Syria:
“It is imperative that Assad be removed from power. He has shown himself to be a brutal authoritarian with zero compassion or respect for his own people much less any other nation. His regime’s heinous actions and his cruelty towards his own people are intolerable and have to end immediately. The tepid response this past week by our European and Arab partners is terribly disheartening. The United States’ air strike last night shows that Americans are clearly incensed by the Assad regime's brutality.
“However, we are not the world's policeman. Our allies in Europe, the region and indeed all humanitarian-concerned nations need to be involved, and we are clearly willing to work with our partners in the region. Ours should be a supportive role to the nations in closest proximity to Syria, and those most affected by the refugee crisis. I have serious misgivings about any further authorization without involving leadership from our EU and Middle East allies.
“Further, I am totally opposed to any President taking military action without consideration and approval from Congress. Trump not only approved this strike without involving us, but he approved it shortly after the House entered into a two week recess. I also find it unacceptably ironic that this President is willing to take unilateral military action, yet he refuses to accept, and continues to tout xenophobic rhetoric and policy against those seeking refuge from the cruel, inhumane Assad regime. This President continues to show a complete disregard for Congress and our separation of powers. Congress must be given the decision to go to war against the Assad regime.”