Senator John Cornyn called the missile strikes in Syria "the first concrete demonstration of what this President's foreign policy will be." Sen. Cornyn made those remarks during an appearance on Fox and Friends Friday morning.
President Donald Trump ordered a tomahawk cruise missile strike against Syria in retaliation for the chemical weapons attack that killed 86 people on Tuesday.
In a national address Thursday night President Trump said, "I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital national security interest of the Untied States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons."
The missiles, fired from two U.S. Navy vessels in the Mediterranean Sea, struck multiple sites, including the airfield where Syria based the warplanes used in the chemical attack, a Defense official said.
"It was a welcome demonstration of America's commitment, but what comes next is harder," said Sen Cornyn. “Weakness is a provocation, and strength is a deterrence. And until now, all we've seen in Syria is weakness, and of course we've seen Putin, and Iran, and President Assad fill that space. In the meantime, as Senator McCain's pointed out, 400,000 civilians dead, and Assad continues to use chemical weapons, which are internationally banned under law.”
At least six people were killed in the missile strike, Syria claimed, but the Pentagon said civilians were not targeted and the strike was aimed at a military airfield in Homs.
Speaking on the Senate floor Friday morning Sen. Cornyn fully backed the missile strike.
"I stand shoulder to shoulder with the Administration in condemning this brutality. Again we see Bashar al-Assad crossing a line, a line drawn and then ignored by the Obama Administration. The United States and the world community simply can't stand idly while Syria continues crimes against humanity,” said Sen. Cornyn.