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Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa

Representing the 1st District of Hawaii

Hanabusa Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

April 7, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  House Armed Services Committee Member Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) released the following statement regarding the U.S. strikes against the Syrian government:

Congresswoman Hanabusa:  The U.S. strikes on Syrian military assets Thursday night were a targeted and measured response to what is widely believed to be Bashar al-Assad’s uncivilized and atrocious use of chemical weapons against his own people, especially the children. While the U.S. cannot ignore the internationally banned use of chemical weapons, the President's failure to seek Congressional approval is unlawful and I expect that in the days and weeks ahead, President Trump will work in close  coordination with Congress to clarify his administration's plan to address the civil war in Syria, restore stability in the region and protect the innocent lives of those living in the war torn state.  Further,  Congress and the American people deserve a clearer understanding of President Trump’s short term and long term strategies in Syria and the region.