REPORT: Key Democrats want Trump to hit the brakes on Syria strike

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Published by Military Times
WASHINGTON — Four key national security Democrats in Congress voiced strong reservations Friday to President Donald Trump potentially launching a strike against Syria, and they blasted Trump for appearing to waffle in recent days.

Three Senate Democrats, in a letter, pressed Trump for his rationale and legal justification for a potential strike before he takes action. In a separate statement, House Armed Services Committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Smith, flatly opposed military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad, questioning whether it would improve life for Syrians.

“Iraq provides a lesson in the limitations of the military’s ability to unilaterally resolve massive global crises,” Smith said. “At this point, we need a clear strategy from the President. What we don’t need are schizophrenic tweets that leave our allies confused.”

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Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Senate minority whip and vice chairman of the defense appropriations subcommittee, and Bob Menendez, D-N.J., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent Trump the letter asking that he provide his legal justification.

“This issue is of critical importance and the American people should be fully informed about your rationale for deploying American military power and the objectives of any U.S. military action in Syria,” the senators wrote. “As previous Commanders-in-Chief have done in similar situations, we believe you should present a clear public articulation of these matters to the American people at the earliest appropriate time.”

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