Statement on US Military Strike on Syria


Date: April 9, 2017
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) issued the following statement regarding President Trump's April 7, 2017 military strike on a Syrian airfield:

"President Trump's decision to attack Syria is wrong.

"It was done without Congressional debate or approval in violation of the War Powers Act and the Constitution. Congress should immediately reconvene. When we do we should remember the disastrous history of wars waged by America in the Middle East which killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions more, while nurturing the growth of radical threats like ISIS, Al`Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham.

"The missile attack appears to be an erratic reaction unconnected to any coherent strategy. Trump says the bombing was in response to the terrible chemical weapon attack on civilians. Yet Trump is unmoved by the deaths of Syrian refugee children at sea and continues to malign and bar Syrian refugee families fleeing the cauldron of war.

"The attack is a mistake with potentially disastrous consequences. Any further action must be put before Congress and debated in public with the international and domestic consequences fully considered. When this is done, I expect that Congress will conclude that further military attacks of this sort are the wrong policy."