Before President Trump can put troops on the ground in Syria, he will need the approval of Congress. The military debate comes following the recent chemical attack that killed over 80 people in the country, including children and infants.
“It is such a complicated situation, but if we try to go in with troops, and some people have advocated that … I think that would be a huge mistake. That’s what ISIS wants,” Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) said on CNN’s “New Day.” “They want to bog us down in a land war in Syria, if you will.”
President Trump ordered an airstrike within days of the attack, targeting an airbase in Syria believed to be the launching point of the attack. The attack was reportedly the first time the United States has targeted the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“There’s got to be some strategy, … and, come to Congress. Clearly, the authorization from 2001 doesn’t apply in this situation,” King added, referencing the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed by Congress following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Both Republicans and Democrats have asked Trump to get approval from Congress before taking any future military action.
H/T: The Hill
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