Cummings Statement on Airstrikes in Syria

April 7, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Apr. 7, 2017) — Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) issued the following statement after President Donald J. Trump ordered the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes on a military airfield in Syria: 

“This week the world got a glimpse into the fear and horror that millions of Syrians live with every day.  The Assad regime’s most recent use of chemical weapons against his own people—including many young children—is a crime against humanity.  While last night’s airstrikes in Syria were a proportional response to an unforgivable crime, missiles alone will not resolve the conflict in Syria.  I am calling on President Trump to immediately rescind his ban on Syrian refugees and to share his strategy regarding the civil war in Syria with Congress and with the American people.  We must have an honest, open debate on how to best address this complex issue.  The stakes are too high.”