In the late summer of 2013, nearly two years before announcing his candidacy for president, Donald Trump did not mince words on his opposition to a U.S. military strike in 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
A tweet earlier that month said: "The President must get Congressional approval before attacking Syria-big mistake if he does not."
Moments after Pentagon officials announced that President Trump ordered an airstrike against Syria military targets in retaliation for Tuesday's chemical weapons attack that killed 86 people, members of Congress pointed out Trump's reversal.
This is an act of war. Congress needs to come back into session & hold a debate. Anything less is an abdication of our responsibility. https://t.co/GvHML3ByeI— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) April 7, 2017
The President needs Congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) April 7, 2017
Missile launch was calibrated & proportionate. But Congress must pass an Authorization for Use of Force to ensure responsible oversight.— (((Steve Israel))) (@RepSteveIsrael) April 7, 2017
Please see my statement following the US military strike in Syria: pic.twitter.com/MmiFY1LNxS— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) April 7, 2017
Tonight's airstrikes will not displace Assad, but may deter chem weapon use. Actions in Syria still not authorized by Congress. Need a vote: pic.twitter.com/UiSNCb8p6Q— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 7, 2017