Trump made the announcement Friday night in an address to the nation from the White House.
Congressman Michael McCaul, who serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said the president's actions send a "clear message to the Assad regime the U.S. & our allies will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons."
Tonight's military actions in Syria are a clear message to the Assad regime the U.S. & our allies will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons. Russia & Iran must end support for this barbaric regime & work with international community to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria— Michael McCaul (@RepMcCaul) April 14, 2018
Texas Senator John Cornyn had just a one-word response to the president's announcement:
Congressman Joaquin Castro, who represents the San Antonio area, said U.S. leaders faced "a terrible, tough choice":
On Syria we faced a terrible, tough choice: Do nothing as chemical weapons are used to kill children, inaction may lead others to use CW OR take military action that risks American lives, could escalate to perpetual war, create a failed state ripe for terrorist leadership.— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) April 14, 2018
The President and the American people should not allow the Congress to stay on the sidelines of a decision about conflict/war in Syria. The Congress must vote on an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). No more Monday morning quarterbacking.— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) April 14, 2018