April 16, 2018
Congressman Tom Reed did three town halls over the weekend in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. The Jamestown Journal reported that Reed said that the air strikes were done to tell Assad, that use of chemical weapons is unacceptable. Reed issued this statement: “We support the limited missile strike to disable President Assad’s ability to use chemical weapons on his own people. Use of weapons of mass destruction where innocent civilians, including women and children are killed, cannot go unchecked unless we risk the unfettered escalation of such weapon’s use in the future around the world. It is the right thing to do, as is our commitment to continue to search for diplomatic ways to bring peace to the region.”
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer said the following on Twitter: “A pinpointed, limited action to punish and hopefully deter Assad from doing this again is appropriate, but the administration has to be careful about not getting us into a greater and more involved war in Syria.”
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said this on Twitter: Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people was evil. However, President Trump has no legal basis for this strike. He does not have an authorization for the use of military force against Syria by Congress.