Local lawmakers react to President Trump’s remarks on Iran strike

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FILE – In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., takes questions from reporters at the Capitol in Washington. Congressional Republicans have spent most of the past two years studiously avoiding any public fights with President Donald Trump, either out of party loyalty or fear of being on the wrong end of a presidential tweetstorm. That public show of unity ended emphatically when Trump announced he would be withdrawing U.S. forces from northern Syria in advance of an impending Turkish military operation against Syrian Kurdish militia fighters. Graham, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas all joined Democratic colleagues in publicly criticizing the idea, with Graham even going on Fox News to label the decision “short-sighted and irresponsible.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (WSAV) – Local politicians are weighing in after Iran’s missile strike on two Iraqi bases that housed U.S. troops.

In a speech Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump indicated he would not respond militarily.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) applauded his remarks as “measured and firm.”

“To the Iranian people: President Trump laid out a pathway forward for peace and prosperity. I hope you take it,” he stated, adding, “All Americans should support President Trump’s efforts to resolve the threat from Iran peacefully and fully understand the Maximum Pressure campaign must continue with a credible military component.”

Other lawmakers have echoed the president’s statement that Iran’s “destructive and destabilizing behavior” has continued for too long.

“For far too long, we’ve allowed Iran to escalate their provocations on our armed forces and allies without repercussion,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) stated.

“Iran’s belligerent aggression is well-documented and their continued actions proved they were not going to back down,” he added. “I commend President Trump, as well as our Defense Department, National Security Council, and intelligence community for their decisive and calculated actions to keep Americans safe.”

Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) sent the following statement to News 3:

“President Trump has made it clear that Iran’s destabilizing behavior will not be tolerated. I’m hopeful Iran and its proxy forces will heed the President’s warnings and embrace a peaceful path forward with the U.S. and our allies and partners.”

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp tweeted his remarks after receiving word that Georgia Guard personnel in the region were not harmed in Iraq.

“We thank God that they suffered no injuries, and we ask Georgians to continue to pray for our Armed Forces,” he posted. “America is the strongest nation in the world because of the brave men and women serving the United States.”

Other lawmakers shared online Tuesday night that they were monitoring the situation in Iraq and praying for U.S. troops, including Congressman Joe Cunningham, the Democrat from South Carolina District 1, and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), who was sworn into office earlier this week.

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