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Rep. Gabbard Urges Trump: Do Not Strike Syria

April 13, 2018, 9:28 AM HST (Updated April 13, 2018, 9:28 AM)
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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Courtesy photo.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawai‘i-02) yesterday, April 12, 2018, called for President Donald Trump to refrain from using military action against Syria that would expand and escalate the conflict, and likely result in additional civilian and military casualties, more refugees and fewer resources to invest in rebuilding American communities. She urged him to work toward peace instead.

Rep. Gabbard is also a signatory on a bipartisan letter to be sent to President Trump, urging him to uphold the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution by obtaining the required authorization from Congress before ordering a military attack against Syria.

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In a letter to President Trump, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said:

“The people of Syria want peace more than anything else in the world. Attacking Syria will not bring their war-torn country any closer to peace. U.S. military action against Syria will simply escalate and prolong the war, resulting in more senseless death, destruction and suffering.

“A U.S. military attack against Syria will certainly reinvigorate and resurrect the terrorizing forces of jihad and increase the flow of refugees into Europe and the United States.

“If you are truly concerned about the suffering of the Syrian people, then you must do all you can to bring about peace. A U.S. military attack against Syria will expand and escalate this war, increasing their suffering and causing more death, more refugees, and fewer resources to invest in rebuilding our own communities right here at home.

“Here is the bottom line: If our desire is for peace and stability in Syria and to mitigate the suffering of the Syrian people so they can begin to rebuild their homes and communities and enable refugees who have left Syria to return home, then we should work for peace, rather than expanding and escalating the war through a military attack against Syria.

“I call upon you to resist the loud calls of war and instead wield the power of the Presidency to help bring peace to the people of Syria, their devastated country and the region.”

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