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

05:00  14 april  2018
05:00  14 april  2018 Source:   thehill.com

GOP rep: US Constitution doesn't give president 'authority to strike Syria'

  GOP rep: US Constitution doesn't give president 'authority to strike Syria' Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) lashed out on Friday at President Trump's decision to launch "precision strikes" in Syria, saying that the U.S. Constitution does not give the president the ability to authorize such an attack."I haven't read France's or Britain's 'Constitution,' but I've read ours and no where in it is Presidential authority to s trike Syria," Massie tweeted.I haven't read France's or Britain's "Constitution," but I've read ours and no where in it trike Syria.

Lawmakers slammed President Donald Trump for not seeking congressional approval before his strike on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's So while Trump acted within the legal and practical norms of the presidency with his unilateral strike on Syria , congressional authorization for limited

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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.

Schumer says Trump strikes 'appropriate,' warns against greater involvement in Syria

  Schumer says Trump strikes 'appropriate,' warns against greater involvement in Syria Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Friday that President Trump's decision to mount a military strike on Syria was "appropriate," but warned against deepening the United States' involvement in the wartorn country."A pinpointed, limited action to punish and hopefully deter Assad from doing this again is appropriate, but the administration has to be careful about not getting us into a greater and more involved war in Syr ia," Schumer said in a statement.Schumer's comments came shortly after Trump announced that the U.S.

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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