Congressmen respond to Iran missile attacks, Trump comments

President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the White House on the ballistic missile strike that Iran launched against Iraqi air bases housing U.S. troops, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and military leaders, looks on. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the White House on the ballistic missile strike that Iran launched against Iraqi air bases housing U.S. troops, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and military leaders, looks on. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

All three legislators representing Union County in Congress released statements following President Donald Trump's Wednesday morning press conference discussing recent missile attacks by Iran against Iraq bases housing U.S. military forces. Those statements have been reproduced below in their entirety.

Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.)

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U.S. Sen. John Boozman. - File photo

"President Trump’s measured response to the dangerous escalations by Iran should send a clear message to the regime that its continued hostile actions will no longer be tolerated. With the support of our allies, we must reject Iran’s aggressive conduct and continue to oppose its grip on the Middle East. By imposing additional economic sanctions, the president has again demonstrated our commitment to firmly countering the regime’s destructive, destabilizing behavior while encouraging peace. It is in Iran’s best interest to de-escalate the tensions, abandon its nuclear ambitions and stop sponsoring terror.”

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)

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Cotton

"As I’ve said all along, if Iran wants to start a fight, the United States will end it. I suspect that Iran’s weak attacks on sand dunes at two of our bases in Iraq are a signal that the fight ended when we killed Qassem Soleimani, and that the mullahs are running scared. A leopard can’t change its spots, and Tehran won’t change course overnight. They’ll continue using proxies to fight their battles. But they can’t hide — we know who their proxies are, and the United States will remain vigilant in the defense of our citizens and allies in the region.”

Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.)

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Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.)

"President Trump’s decisive actions show that adversaries seeking to harm U.S. lives will pay a high price. After multiple attempts to avoid escalating the situation, President Trump drew a red line and made it clear that if the Iranian regime harmed American citizens, the United States would act. When Iranian proxies killed an American contractor, harmed multiple American servicemen and stormed the American embassy in Baghdad, the U.S. used credible intelligence to demonstrate what happens when you overstep our boundaries. Iran responded by firing rockets into two coalition bases in Iraq, but thanks to our military intelligence and reliance on allies, no lives were lost in last night’s attacks. America and our military are not to be tested.”

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