Democrats blast Trump for not seeking congressional approval for Syria strikes

Ruben Hill
April 17, 2018

Trump said U.S. forces launched "precision" strikes against Syrian targets, and that the United States would "sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents". "They're still using chemical weapons".

"President Trump must also hold Putin accountable for his enabling of the Assad regimes atrocities against the Syrian people", Pelosi said. "His regime's unconscionable brutality against innocent civilians can not be tolerated".

"There should be no doubt that Russian Federation and Iran have blood on their hands, and their partnership with Assad reveals the true nature of their regimes". Having visited the site of the would-be chemical attack, Russian military experts did not find any traces of chlorine or any other toxic agent.

Vice President Mike Pence, who is now on an official trip to Peru, reportedly called congressional leaders to notify them military action was going to be taken on Friday night.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat representing San Francisco, California, said in a statement that the Syrian regime's chemical weapons attack was a "brutally inhumane war crime that demands a strong, smart and calculated response".

Just as one year ago, when the Shayrat Airbase in Syria came under attack, the U.S. used as a pretext a staged chemical attack against civilians, this time in Douma, a Damascus suburb.

He added that the Congress must have a full role in reviewing and approving the strategy.

He then added in a further tweet on Saturday: 'Of course citizen Trump said President Obama couldn't strike Syria without congressional approval-but now President Trump doesn't think he needs Congress.

On April 14, the United States, supported by its allies, launched an airstrike against military and civilian targets in the Syrian Arab Republic.

This was echoed by Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader in the Senate, who said in a statement "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 Syria".

Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal said Trump has just conducted another set of unconstitutional strikes. However, in a sign of cynical disdain, a group of Western countries made a decision to take military action without waiting for the results of the investigation.

"Tonights air strikes are not a long term plan to resolve the Syrian crisis, and they will do little to stop a dictator like Assad from repeating his crimes against humanity", she said. "We need to put clear limits in place before he starts another war", said Kaine.

"The United States has taken decisive action in coordination with our allies", said Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who said at his weekly news conference Thursday that he believed that Trump had authority to act against Syria with any new congressional approval.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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