Michigan politicians react to U.S. missile strike in Syria
LANSING, Mich. (SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP) - The United States said it is prepared to do more following airstrikes in Syria and the attack prompted reaction from countries across the world.
Political Reporter Nick Minock reports on the reaction of Michigan lawmakers in Washington D.C.
U.S. Senator Gary Peters, D-Michigan, had a detailed classified briefing about the latest developments in Syria on Friday. Democrats and Republicans agree the strike is just the beginning.
Peters said, “The United States needed to send a very clear signal in a measured way, but now of course we need to look at a long term plan."
Peters is a member of the Senate Armed Services and Homeland Security committees.
He said he agrees with President Donald Trump that Bashar Al-Assad's use of chemical weapons to slaughter innocent people cannot be tolerated.
He said, "We've got to make sure that one we get rid of Assad. He cannot stay in power. It's important for the Trump administration to step up and be very strong with the Russians. The Russians have been protecting Assad. They need to be a part of getting him out of there. I believe he's basically a war criminal."
In a powerfully worded statement, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, said, in part, "The Trump administration must ensure that further U.S. action is part of a clear strategy and policy that includes diplomatic coordination with our allies, as well as input from Congress."
Michigan's two U.S. senators showed support for the President's use of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles that bombarded a Syrian airbase.
Although Michigan's senators said it's important to send a strong message to Assad, they believe military action must be accompanied by a comprehensive strategy to achieve stability and safety in the region.
Most Republican leaders on Capitol Hill are backing Trump, but one Michigan Republican doesn't agree with how the president carried out the last night's military strike.
Republican Congressman Justin Amash took to Facebook saying, "Airstrikes are an act of war. Atrocities in Syria cannot justify a departure from our Constitution, which vests in Congress the power to commence war."
Peters said he was unclear if there would be retaliation from Russia or Syria, but he was very clear in saying Russia is not a friend of the United States.