It wasn’t that long ago that Donald Trump had a very different view of Syria.
What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2013
Trump wasn’t alone in insisting that President Obama needed congressional approval before taking any military action in Syria. The opinions seemed universal among Republicans at the time. Which is why President Obama actually sought the authority to strike Syria. And congressional Republicans expressed their appreciation for Obama following the rules in their traditional fashion.
Even Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, two Republicans who have pressed Mr. Obama to intervene more aggressively in Syria, said Saturday that they might vote no because the president’s plan was too limited. “We cannot in good conscience support isolated military strikes in Syria that are not part of an overall strategy that can change the momentum on the battlefield,” they said in a statement.
But that was then. This is now.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) on Tuesday said he doesn’t believe President Trump needs to seek congressional approval before taking military action in response to the recent chemical attack in Syria.
“Look, if he came to Congress, obviously I’d support it. I don’t think he needs to,” Kinzinger said while citing the War Powers Act on CNN’s “New Day.”
And Kinzinger has it right. Since Congress is a rubber stamp for Trump, there’s little point in going through the motions. In fact, one might even say that Congress isn’t needed at all.
.@realDonaldTrump must come to Congress to obtain a new AUMF, present a clear set of objectives, & ultimately hold Putin accountable for the bloodshed he has enabled. https://t.co/Mwdwbs289X pic.twitter.com/9f3AB1SJnX
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) April 14, 2018
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