Senator Lankford Statement on Airstrikes in Syria

WASHINGTON, DC – Senators James Lankford (R-OK) tonight released the following statement on the U.S. launched airstrikes in Syria:

“Bashar al-Assad is a ruthless tyrant who kills his own people and breeds terrorism throughout the Middle East. The latest chemical attack on innocent people is another chapter in a tragic pattern that has gone on for far too long. No one should expect the United States to ignore a dictator that commits war crimes and uses chemical weapons against his own people. Russia assured the international community that Syria was free of chemical weapons, but the Russian promises have proved false and they have demonstrated their inability or unwillingness to restrain Assad. It’s time for the international community to join the United States and demand that Assad step down and allow the refugees scattered around the globe to return to their homes and be able to pursue peace.”

On Tuesday, Lankford condemned the chemical attack in Syria. Lankford serves on the Senate Intelligence and Homeland Security Committees. On March 18 – 20, Lankford visited the Middle East (Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel) on a congressional delegation trip and spoke with officials about Syria.