Local lawmakers' weigh in on U.S. Airstrike in Iraq

January 3, 2020
In The News

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WJAC) — Several local lawmakers were speaking out Friday after the United States’ airstrike in Iraq which killed General Qasem Soleimani of Iran.

Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA 12th District) tweeted “Once again, President @realDonaldTrump has shown America will not back down, terrorists will be held accountable, and rogue states cannot continue to rule neighboring democracies through thuggery and intimidation. The death of Qasem Soleimani is a win for freedom."

Rep. John Joyce (R-PA 13th District) tweeted, “From day one, President Trump has been committed to achieving peace through strength, protecting Americans at home and abroad. Our Armed Forces are the best in the world, and we’re indebted to them."

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement:

"Qasem Soleimani was responsible for the murder of hundreds of Americans. The world is a better place now that he is dead. Every American should be grateful to our armed forces who carried out this strike with incredible skill and precision. The Trump administration was right to restore deterrence against Iran."

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released this statement:

“Qassim Suleimani was a military figure who inflicted terror and killed thousands in Israel, Iraq, Syria and other places. He was directly responsible for the killing of hundreds of American soldiers and civilians. The world is safer with him gone.

The Trump Administration must provide a full briefing to Congress next week regarding the following:

The intelligence used to authorize the strike;

The legal basis for the strike;

The nature of the threat articulated by the Pentagon in its statement last night; and

The preparations and planning the Administration has undertaken regarding potential retaliation by the Iranian regime against Americans abroad and here at home.

I have grave concerns that President Trump and his Administration have not provided the American people with a comprehensive strategy on Iran. Finally, this and other recent actions by the Administration have been taken without a Congressionally-approved Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). As we prepare for fallout in the coming days, Congress has a critical role to play in assessing the legality of the strike, understanding its impact on U.S. national security and conducting oversight over this Administration’s actions abroad.”