Thornberry on airstrikes: 'Message needed to be sent'

Thornberry on airstrikes: 'Message needed to be sent'

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - U.S. retaliation against a chemical attack in Syria has left many questioning what's next.

More than 80 Syrians were killed in a chemical weapons attack last week, leading President Trump to deploy missiles Thursday. U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said he supports the attack. He was in Amarillo on Monday to provide further clarity to the situation.

"A message needed to be sent, it was very targeted, it was 59 cruise missiles against aircraft shelters and specified targets on the airfield from which these gas attacks were launched.

"I think this particular attack, it's limited, targeted, it did not need prior authorization from Congress. If President Trump wants to do more, then he's going to have to come to us with a plan and that plan should not unduly tie the hands of our military," Thornberry said.

Thornberry was not always on board in supporting military force in Syria. He says he did not agree with former President Barack Obama's proposal because of the many strings attached to it.

Obama's administration was vocal in its belief that any kind of intervention would escalate the situation in Syria. And while it is not yet clear what will come of he most recent strikes, Thornberry says he suspects President Trump does not want to be involved in a lengthy situation in Syria.

"It's very complicated and very difficult given all the players who are there now, but I hope this strike not only sends a message to (Syrian President) Assad, but to the international community - especially the Russians - that this situation has become intolerable."

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