In an interview Saturday night with Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) labeled Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s domestic chemical attacks as “deplorable”, though he did not endorse President Donald Trump’s retaliatory missile strikes.
Citing Trump’s lack of Congressional approval launching nearly 60 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air base, Paul said “An atrocity is not an excuse to disobey the Constitution.”
When asked by Pirro if Thursday’s missile strikes were a signal of war, a lone occurrence and if further action in Syria would need Congressional approval, Paul said “We don’t know what’s in the mind of the president, but we do know historically we’ve had similar situations.”
Citing Saddam Hussein as an example, Paul explained that “When George Bush decided to go into Iraq and begin the war, they always begin with bombing, he did ask for permission from Congress.”
“We should have a process,” Paul said. “We can’t be involved everywhere, so we should have a process. We need to think about what comes after Assad.”
The entirety of Paul’s interview with Judge Pirro can be seen below:
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