Sunday, 30 April, 2017

Sanders calls on Trump to come to Congress over Syria strikes

Can the president attack another country without Congress? Vermont Delegation Says Trump Must Seek Approval for Future Syrian Strikes
Saul Franklin | 10 April, 2017, 02:33

US President Donald Trump said the attack was a response to the alleged chemical weapon use in Syria's Idlib on Tuesday, which Washington blames on the Syrian government. Bernie Sanders is scheduled to appear in Cleveland on May 1 at the Global Center for Health Innovation. The former state senator came within 3 percentage points of winning Tuesday's five-way primary, putting him within striking distance.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have since called on Trump to seek congressional approval before future military action.

The pair is aiming for the tour to unify Democratic voters away from taking aim at each other and focusing on President Donald Trump and the Republican party. Patrick Leahy all called Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad a "war criminal" in written statements, but the delegation also urged caution so that the USA doesn't end up in another extended military conflict.

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In her first interview since she lost, Clinton said she "wrestles" with the fact that her gender did influence the results. In an interview with Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times , Clinton blamed the loss on four factors, NBC News observes.

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The president ordered the missile strikes against an airstrip in Syria in response to what USA officials say was an attack by al- Assad against his own people using chemical weapons. His regime's use of chemical weapons against the men, women and children of his country, in violation of all worldwide conventions and moral standards, makes him a war criminal. "Congress must get off the sidelines and do its job by debating and voting on his plan". Bernie Sanders (I-VT) turned the tables on Trump and warned Republicans that they should be helping the middle class and rebuilding America instead of spending more money on the war in the Middle East.

Vermont's congressional delegation is reacting to the USA airstrike in Syria. Welch said he would have to see a concrete plan from Trump before coming to any definitive conclusion. Sanders gave little indication of how he might vote on future air strikes. He urged the president to study past military engagements and said Trump must ask Congress for authorization to continue military actions in Syria. "Congress has a responsibility to weigh in on these issues". "When used it should be in self-defense or part of a larger strategy in conjunction with our worldwide partners, and with the broad support of the American people".

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont, said al-Assad must be held accountable for his barbaric actions. "We must keep in mind that we have learned that there are grave risks and unintended consequences in the use of military force, especially unilateral military force".

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