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PRICE STATEMENT ON SYRIA

April 7, 2017
Press Release

Congressman David E. Price (NC-04) released the following statement on the Syria conflict.

"Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people was an act of barbarism that I condemn in the strongest possible terms. Assad’s attack is the latest in a series of horrors that have brutalized his own people, driven millions from their homeland, and horrified the world.  We must ensure that last night’s targeted airstrike and any further U.S. action are part of a comprehensive strategy to bring the horrific conflict in Syria to an end without drawing our Armed Forces into a broader military engagement that could threaten American lives and regional stability.

"Having ordered this attack without congressional authorization, President Trump owes Congress and the American people an explanation of what comes next.  Any credible strategy must take into account the need for a political transition in Syria, ongoing efforts to eliminate the grave threat posed by ISIS and other extremist groups, the humanitarian crisis facing Syrian refugees, and the role of regional diplomacy in addressing all of these challenges.  The President made empathetic overtures about saving Syrian children in his remarks last night; he could start making good on his words by reversing his xenophobic refugee ban and fully funding international refugee assistance efforts."