Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins released this statement on last night’s military strike in Syria:
“The precision missile strikes last night were an appropriate response to the horrific chemical attacks initiated by Bashar al-Assad earlier this week. Our military action was both justified and proportional, and delivered an important message to both Syria and Russia that the United States will not tolerate Assad’s use of chemical weapons. The diplomatic agreement brokered by Russia in 2013 required the destruction of all of Syria’s chemical weapons, and that agreement did not come with an expiration date. I commend the President and his national security team for this decisive response to Assad’s appalling and indiscriminate attack against his own people, and I am grateful for each of the members of our armed forces who executed last night’s strike."