Politics Dem senator rips Trump for not seeking congressional approval for Syria strikes

05:00  14 april  2018
05:00  14 april  2018 Source:   The Hill

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  Kaine rips Syria strikes: What's stopping Trump from bombing Iran, North Korea next? Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) tore into President Trump's authorization of military strikes in Syria, calling them "illegal" and "reckless" and questioning what's to stop him from bombing Iran and North Korea."President Trump's decision to launch airstrikes against the Syrian government without Congress's approval is illegal and - absent a broader strategy - it's reckless," Kaine said in a statement Friday night. "Today, it's a strike on Syria"President Trump's decision to launch airstrikes against the Syrian government without Congress's approval is illegal and - absent a broader strategy - it's reckless," Kaine said in a statement Friday night.

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Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) said Friday that President Trump's decision to launch a military strike on Syria without obtaining congressional authorization is "unacceptable."

"While Bashar al-Assad must be held accountable for his unlawful use of chemical weapons against civilians, the strikes that are being carried out are being done without an authorization from Congress, which is unacceptable," Casey tweeted.

The Pennsylvania Democrat's tweet came minutes after Trump announced in a nationally televised address that the U.S., in concert with the United Kingdom and France, had launched "precision strikes" on targets in Syria.

The attack came in response to an alleged chemical weapons strike in the Damascus suburb of Douma over the weekend that left dozens dead. American officials have blamed the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad for carrying out the attack.

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Trump announced on Monday that he was weighing a response to the alleged chemical attack. That prompted calls from several lawmakers for the president to first seek congressional authorization for any military action taken against Syria.

Democratic lawmakers renew calls for congressional authorization of Syria strikes

  Democratic lawmakers renew calls for congressional authorization of Syria strikes Democratic lawmakers fervently renewed their calls for congressional approval of military force following President Donald Trump's Friday night announcement of US precision strikes against Syria. "The President must come to Congress and secure an Authorization for Use of Military Force by proposing a comprehensive strategy with clear objectives that keep our military safe and avoid collateral damage to innocent civilians," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said in a statement Friday night.

Before Donald Trump ordered the strike in Syria , he contacted Russia to give them enough time to pull their own people and forces out of Syria . He did not contact Congress or seek congressional approval .

Sen . Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Thursday he opposed President Trump 's strike against Syria because the U.S. has not been attacked by Syria , and said Trump should have sought congressional approval for the attack.

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) also hit the president on Friday for not seeking congressional approval for the attack, saying that carrying out a sustained campaign without doing so violates the Constitution.

"Sustained response" = war. And that requires the authorization of Congress - unless you don't believe in the Constitution," Moulton tweeted.

Trump last year also authorized an airstrike against a Syrian target in response to use of chemical weapons, in a move that earned similar criticism from those who pointed to the constitutional requirement of congressional authorization for the U.S. to go to war.

Syria and its allies, Russia and Iran, have denied that Assad's government used chemical weapons. Moscow blamed the U.K. on Friday for fabricating the chemical strike in Douma, an allegation that Britain dismissed as a "blatant lie."

Mattis disputes report he wanted Congress to approve Syria strike .
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday pushed back against a report saying he had unsuccessfully urged President Donald Trump to seek congressional approval ahead of last week's air strikes in Syria.Citing anonymous military and administration officials, the New York Times said Mattis had recommended Trump get a green light from lawmakers before launching Friday's cruise missile barrage against three targets the Pentagon said were tied to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons program.

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