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Lawmakers show support for Syria raids
Trump orders air strikes against Syrian chemical targets
President Donald Trump, center, meets with Vice President Mike Pence and congressional Republican leadership at the White House on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

COVINGTON, Ga. — At least a majority of Newton County’s voices in Congress said they support the air strikes against Syria’s chemical weapons program.

The strikes, ordered by President Donald Trump, were carried out Saturday morning as part of a joint effort with the British and French military.

Syria, under its President Bashar al-Assad, is believed to have used chemical weapons against civilians in recent days.

On Twitter, Trump called the coalition attack a “perfectly executed strike.”

“The atrocious and inhumane use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime against its own people cannot and must not be tolerated by the international community,” Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., said.

“I support President Trump’s decision to carry out precision strikes meant to degrade and destroy Syria’s ability to perpetrate another chemical weapons attack.”

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., said the chemical attacks against civilians are “horrific and totally unacceptable.”

“For too long, the world has been asking: when will Assad stop? It is time for action. President Trump is engaged and led our allies in measured response to hold Assad accountable,” Perdue said.

He called on the United Nations to prevent Syria from taking its turn as the head of the Conference on Disarmament.

In a statement from his Monroe office, Rep. Jody Hice agreed the actions of Assad’s regime “must be addressed.”

“While questions remain regarding our long-term engagement with Syria, I support President Trump’s proportional step to join the U.K. and France in executing a precise, tactical military strike to hold the Assad regime accountable. 

“I am grateful and will continue to pray for our brave men and women in uniform and our allied forces who put themselves in harm’s way in order to carry out this mission. 

“As we move forward, it will be important for the administration to engage with Congress and clearly communicate its strategy to the American people.”

Rep. Hank Johnson’s office did not issue a statement from the Lithonia Democrat.