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Local politicians react to the US airstrikes on Syria

NOW: Local politicians react to the US airstrikes on Syria

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – President Donald Trump said on Friday he authorized "precision strikes" in Syria against the country's chemical weapons program in conjunction with the United Kingdom and France. 

The air strikes targeted weapons facilities and scientific testing centers. 

Shortly after, many Michiana politicians spoke about the decision. 

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) said, “U.S. military action alongside our allies is a necessary and decisive response to the Assad regime’s repeated use of chemical weapons against its own people. Such atrocities will not be tolerated. I am praying for our brave men and women in uniform.”

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) said, "The recent chemical weapons attack was the latest in a series of barbaric actions by the Assad regime. I support tonight’s international military response, which demonstrates that there are consequences for using chemical weapons on innocent civilians. Now, I want to hear from the president, the military, and our diplomatic leaders on the strategy moving forward.”

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) added, "Tonight President Trump laid out clearly why the United States must respond to the repeated use of horrific chemical weapons by the Assad regime. I support the President's decision to authorize targeted action in conjunction with our allies in Great Britain and France. I ask all Hoosiers to join me in praying for our service members carrying out these precision strikes.”

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