President Donald Trump’s late night bombardment of Syria has been met with approval by members of the GOP. Senators John McCain (R–AZ) and Lyndsey Graham (R-S.C.), who have supported most military actions in the last decade, led the praise of his “decisive action.”
But after Trump authorized the US military to launch 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria on Thursday night, many of the rank-and-file members of the GOP who refused President Obama’s request to attack Syria in 2013, joined the McCain / Graham chorus of support for the Trump attack.
Here are some of the Republicans who took to Twitter to praise President Trump for abandoning his stance on Syria in less than 100 days:
Paul Ryan (R-WI) voted against Obama’s proposed strike because he felt it “could make things worse.”
This action in Syria was appropriate and just.
My full statement: pic.twitter.com/oIlOT65zTC
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) April 7, 2017
Marco Rubio (R-FL) had this to say in 2013: “I have long argued forcefully for engagement in empowering the Syrian people, I have never supported the use of U.S. military force in the conflict.”
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) April 7, 2017
Senator Orin Hatch (R-UT) also voted against Obama’s request, stating that he had “strong reservations about authorizing the use of force against Syria.”
"No child of God should ever suffer such horror." Amen.
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) April 7, 2017
Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) previously said that he said he would oppose the use of force in Syria on the grounds that he saw no clear and present danger to justify using force.
God bless the USA!
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) April 7, 2017
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) opposed Obama’s proposed Syrian airstrike in 2013, but retweeted Trump’s quote about the horror felt by the children of Syria (who are banned from entering America by President Trump):
"No child of God should ever suffer such horror," Trump said after ordering airstrike on Syria: https://t.co/hNCA9mHoWp
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) April 7, 2017
Senator Corey Gardener (R-CO) expressed “skepticism” about striking Syria in 2013, saying he didn’t see “a compelling and vital” national interest in such an attack.
My full statement on the US airstrikes in Syria: pic.twitter.com/kjzYtr29s8
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) April 7, 2017
Robert Aderholt (R-AL) said in 2013 he was worried Obama had not done enough to seek a diplomatic solution to the crisis, but fully supported Trump’s quick strike last night:
I fully support President Trump's missile strike against Syria. The actions of the Syrian regime are deplorable and unacceptable.
— Rep. Robert Aderholt (@Robert_Aderholt) April 7, 2017