‘US was not attacked’: Strike on Syria divides US lawmakers in both parties

Friday, April 7, 2017
By Paul Martin

7 Apr, 2017

Members of Congress are split on the question of whether President Donald Trump’s ordered Tomahawk missile strikes against a Syrian airbase were in accordance with US law. Lines drawn on the issue did not follow the pattern of partisanship often seen in Washington, DC.

The US airstrikes on the Shayrat Air Base in Homs, Syria, on Thursday evening prompted Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) to take to Twitter to criticize the US escalation in the region, not only as a strategic error, but as an act that failed to meet the standard set in the US Constitution that makes Congress responsible for declaring war.

Senator Paul has long made his opposition to US intervention in Syria clear, even after Tuesday’s chemical gas attack near Idlib, Syria, which left dozens of Syrian civilians dead, including children.

Senator Paul garnered support from across the aisle on Thursday, as Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu of California tweeted his agreement. Lieu also questioned the purpose of the strike and called Trump a warmonger for breaking his campaign promises to get the US out of foreign wars.

Former vice presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) expressed similar frustration, calling Trump’s unapproved airstrikes “unlawful.”

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