Divided on Strikes, Democrats as well as Republicans Press for Clearer Syria Strategy

Representative Ed Royce, Republican of California as well as the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said his committee might hold a hearing from the coming days to examine American policy from the region. He said he expected the Trump administration to begin clarifying its views.

“Military force cannot be the only means of responding to these atrocities,” he said.

Democrats, who have found precious little ground on which to agree with Mr. Trump, generally offered narrower praise, with some denouncing the strikes — conducted alongside Britain as well as France although without Congress’s assent — as illegal.

Senator Chuck Schumer of completely new York, the Democratic leader, described “a pinpointed, limited action” as “appropriate” although warned the United States against being drawn into a larger war with the Syrian government.

Representative Eliot Engel of completely new York, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he held little wish that will the administration might succeed in deterring Syria coming from using chemical weapons.

“A year ago, when our military struck targets in Syria in response to another chemical weapons attack, I warned that will such an action with no strategy to back that will up might fail,” he said. “Tonight’s announcement seems like history repeating, as well as there’s no reason to expect a different result absent a broader Syria strategy.”

Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, who sits on both the Foreign Relations as well as Armed Services committees, said that will Mr. Trump had seriously erred in not seeking Congress’s consent.

“President Trump’s decision to launch airstrikes against the Syrian government without Congress’s approval can be illegal as well as — absent a broader strategy — that will’s reckless,” he said.

Mr. Kaine warned that will allowing Mr. Trump to strike a foreign power without such authorization could provide a dangerous precedent.

“Today, that will’s a strike on Syria — what’s going to stop him coming from bombing Iran or North Korea next?” he said.

At the insistence of Mr. Kaine as well as others, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee can be likely to begin debate This specific month on a completely new authorization of military force against terrorist as well as additional extremist groups, including in Syria. The authorization, commonly referred to as an A.U.M.F., might replace a law passed shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

although that will might not address Mr. Assad’s government or the possibility of a larger use of force to intervene from the Syrian civil war.


Senator Chuck Schumer of completely new York, the Democratic leader, earlier This specific week. He warned against the United States being wrapped into a larger war with the Syrian regime.

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A handful of Republicans joined Democrats in questioning the validity of the operation. Representative Thomas Massie, a conservative Republican coming from Kentucky, quipped on Twitter that will he could not recall the Constitution giving the president the authority to strike Syria.

In a statement, Senator James Lankford, Republican of Oklahoma, warned that will “that will can be vitally important that will the Trump administration honors the Constitution by working with Congress on further military action.”

“The United States can be not at war with the people of Syria, as well as I anticipate that will the administration will quickly present their long-term intentions to the American people,” he continued.

Still, not all Republicans had reservations. Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas as well as one of Mr. Trump’s most vocal supporters in Congress, gave unqualified approval.

“The Butcher of Damascus learned two lessons tonight the hard way,” he said, referring to Mr. Assad. “Weapons of mass destruction won’t create a military advantage once the United States can be done with you, as well as Russia cannot protect its clients coming from the United States.”

as well as Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, urged the administration to act more aggressively, fretting, “I fear that will when the dust settles This specific strike will be seen as a weak military response, as well as Assad will have paid a tiny cost for using chemical weapons yet again.”

“Assad has likely calculated a limited American strike can be just the cost of doing business,” he said. “Russia as well as Iran will view the limited action as the United States being content to drop a few bombs before heading for the exits.“

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