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

06:00  14 april  2018
06:00  14 april  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Trump says Syria attack "could be very soon or not so soon at all"

  Trump says Syria attack U.S. President Donald Trump amended on Thursday an earlier warning of a swift military strike against Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians, saying it "could be very soon or not so soon at all.""Never said when an attack on Syria would take place," Trump wrote on Twitter.

Let us point out up front: This article is not designed to say whether or not the United States should attack Syria in response to its use of chemical weapons After the Constitution , statutory law offers some justification for the claim that the President has authority to launch a strike without Congress.

A president who attacks Syria is a president these GOP Trump skeptics can get behind. Or, alternatively, they could undertake to revise the US Constitution by conferring on the president the additional title of Supreme Warlord and then just see what happens.

Thomas Massie wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Hill

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 strike Syria," Massie tweeted.

In criticizing Trump's decision, Massie joined a growing chorus of lawmakers - most of them Democrats - questioning the president's constitutional authority to launch an attack on a foreign country without congressional approval.

In Damascus, war-weary Syrians unfazed by threat of U.S. strike

  In Damascus, war-weary Syrians unfazed by threat of U.S. strike In a residential neighborhood of Damascus, people simply don't believe their government was behind the alleged chemical attackDAMASCUS, Syria -- President Trump may punish the Assad regime for an apparent chemical weapons attack that was carried out against civilians in Syria. While the threat of a U.S. military strike may be on minds there, it's not showing much.

There is a current discussion regarding if President Trump had the authority to strike a Syrian airbase Myth #25: The President Has To Ask Congress for Permission to Wage War Because The Constitution Gives The Moscow suspends US -Russian memorandum on flight safety over Syria .

“If we concede that President Trump has unilateral authority to decide to strike Assad, do we concede He’s a president , not a king, and Congress needs to quit giving him a blank check to wage war Netanyahu reportedly believes the US will order a military strike in Syria following suspected

His comments came minutes after Trump announced that the U.S., France and the United Kingdom had begun military strikes in Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in a suburb of Damascus.

The U.S. and other Western countries have blamed the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad for carrying out the chemical strike. Syria and its allies, Iran and Russia, have denied that the government used chemical weapons.

Trump announced earlier this week that he would consider a potential response to the chemical attack. That announcement prompted warnings from several lawmakers, who said that the president needed to seek congressional authorization before he ordered any military action in Syria.

Kremlin, on possible missile delivery to Syria, says Western strike soured atmosphere .
The Kremlin on Monday declined to comment on media reports that Russia planned to soon supply Syria with S-300 missile systems, but said a Western missile strike on Syria had soured the atmosphere in the region. Russia's daily Kommersant newspaper, citing unnamed military sources, reported earlier on Monday that Russia might start supplying S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria in the near future.It said experts believed that Israel would react negatively to the development and might bomb the area where the missile systems would be deployed.

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