The Trump administration launched missiles Thursday night at a military air base in retaliation for a chemical attack on civilians that USA and other Western officials have attributed to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson indicated Thursday that the strikes showed Trump taking "decisive action" following the use of chemical weapons but that they didn't signal a broader change in USA policy on Syria. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is coming to Omaha to campaign for mayoral candidate Heath Mello.
"When brutality, like we have seen against the citizens of Syria by their own government, shocks our consciences, the desire to act decisively is strong", Leahy said in a statement. "It's a hypothetical, but here's what I would say: There is a place for the use of force as a deterrent against a barbaric regime that is using chemical weapons", Welch said.
Lawmakers from Vermont, New York and New Hampshire are reacting to the USA airstrikes in Syria, authorized Thursday by President Donald Trump. The Republican Party controls the White House and Congress.
Sanders, echoing lawmakers in both parties, also called on Trump to come to Congress, explain his strategy and seek authorization before taking additional military action against Assad.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, reacting to the Trump administration's decision to launch airstrikes in Syria following a chemical weapons attack on civilians, says the USA must keep in mind that there are grave risks and unintended consequences in the use of military force.
"The response last night by our militaryunderscores the inescapable fact that the United States is already involved inthe Syrian civil war", Welch said. "Congress must get off the sidelines and do its job by debating and voting on his plan". Similarly, Leahy argued that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "must be held accountable".
Welch, a Democrat, says Trump has a constitutional obligation to submit to Congress his plans to defeat the Islamic State group and stabilize Syrian.
Sen. Sanders said, "All that I'm saying here is that we've got to be clear about what our goals are and not do it unilaterally, and understand".
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