Yoho Statement on Syria
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement in response to the recent military strikes in Syria:
“Last night, President Trump in coordination with French and British leadership ordered a series of surgical missile strikes on the Assad regime’s chemical weapons program and storage facilities. Over 180 countries have signed the Chemical Weapons Convention treaty. Assad and Syria are not signatories to the treaty. President Assad is in clear violation of what the world views as unacceptable actions toward innocent citizens. A dictator that uses illegal chemical weapons to murder anyone let alone his people must be held accountable for his actions. Thus, from a humanitarian point of view, I agree with the president, Great Britain, and France to intervene.
“However, as a member of Congress, it is Congress that ultimately has authority for any military action by the United States against another nation and not the Administration except in imminent threats to the homeland.
“I am disappointed that after the urging of 88 of my House colleagues that share this opinion, the president acted without the cooperation of Congress. As stated in our letter sent Friday, April 13th, ‘we stand ready to consider the facts before us and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement.’
“I would prefer to have conclusive evidence that the production and use of chlorine gas used in the attacks originated with the Assad regime. Once that is established, proceed with the formation of a coalition of nations, similar to what President Trump did with Great Britain and France to address these atrocities. Then have Assad and his regime brought up on war crimes at The Hague, tried and punished accordingly.”