Was Trump’s military strike authorized? Republican Rand Paul says he must seek approval like Obama did before his botched ‘red line’ and Pelosi demands Congress come back for a debate

Friday, April 7, 2017
By Paul Martin

Lawmakers are demanding that President Donald Trump provide legal justification for the Pentagon’s strike on Syrian forces
Trump must provide Congress with an Authorization for Use of Military Force request, they’re arguing
‘The President needs congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution,’ Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, said
House is beginning a two-week break in observance of Passover and Easter
Nancy Pelosi, the House’s top-ranking Democrat, begged House Speaker Paul Ryan in a letter to call them back

By Francesca Chambers, White House Correspondent
DailyMail.com
7 April 2017

Lawmakers are demanding that President Donald Trump provide legal justification for the Pentagon’s strike on Syrian forces Thursday.

Bombs were dropped without their input, legislators say, in violation of a law requiring congressional consent for military action.

Trump must provide Congress with an Authorization for Use of Military Force request, they’re arguing, just as Barack Obama did in 2013 when he tried to make good on his ‘red line threat’ against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

‘The President needs congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution, and I call on him to come to Congress for a proper debate,’ Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, said.

House members have already begun to depart Washington for their home districts as Congress commences a two-week recess in observance of the Passover and Easter holidays.

Nancy Pelosi, the House’s top-ranking Democrat, begged House Speaker Paul Ryan in a letter Friday morning to call them back.

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