Here's What Philly's Congress Members Think About Trump's Airstrikes on Syria

April 7, 2017
In The News

A number of local Congress members have weighed in on President Donald Trump’s decision to order a missile attack on Syria.

In a speech last night, Trump said the airstrike was issued – without Congressional approval – in response to a chemical weapons attack earlier this week that is widely believed to have been carried out by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. That attack reportedly resulted in the death of at least 80 Syrian civilians. 

“It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons,” Trump said last night.

Several local Congress members have weighed in on Trump’s decision, and most touched on whether or not they would have supported the missile attack if Trump had sought approval.

In opposition:

U.S. Representative Dwight Evans said he does not support the attack, stating that “dropping missiles is one thing,” but he does not think the war in Syria can be “solved strictly by the United States.”

“I think it needs to at least come to Congress and that we should be participating in this discussion,” Evans said, before adding that Trump’s position on U.S. involvement in Syria reversed quickly – “like it happened just in the last 24 hours.”

“It’s clear to me that there doesn’t appear to be a strategy,” Evans added. “There doesn’t appear to be an end game … where are we going? What are we going to do? And it’s questionable, in my view, for the president to take this action without, well – what are you laying out as the plan? Where do you see us going?”