Kaine, Warner respond to U.S. airstrikes in Syria
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSET) - Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released statements on the airstrikes ordered by President Trump on Syria.
According to the Associated Press, Syrian officials reported that at least seven people were killed in the strikes Thursday night.
“Assad is a brutal dictator who must be held accountable for his actions. But President Trump has launched a military strike against Syria without a vote of Congress. The Constitution says war must be declared by Congress. I voted for military action against Syria in 2013 when Donald Trump was advocating that America turn its back on Assad's atrocities. Congress will work with the President, but his failure to seek Congressional approval is unlawful," Kaine said in a statement.
Senator Mark Warner released his statement Friday morning:
Last night, the Director of National Intelligence briefed me on the Administration's strikes in Syria. Assad's use of chemical weapons to slaughter civilians was a heinous crime as well as a violation of international norms and Syria's commitments to give up chemical weapons. It could not go unpunished. I am hopeful these strikes will convince the Assad regime that such actions should never be repeated.
I have requested information from the Administration about their plans, including any additional action in response to the use of chemical weapons. President Trump has said repeatedly that his objective in Syria is to defeat ISIS. Last night's strike was aimed at a different objective. President Trump needs to articulate a coherent strategy for dealing with this complex conflict, because the consequences of a misstep are grave.
The president did not announce the attacks in advance, though he and other national security officials ratcheted up their warnings to the Syrian government throughout the day Thursday.