Congress Members Demand Trump Seek Approval Before Military Action In Syria

The letter is signed by a handful of Republicans including Thomas Massie, Mark Sanford, and Walter Jones, as well as 42 Democrats.

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A group of over 40 Congress members have sent President Trump a bipartisan letter reminding him that the US Constitution requires that the president seek Congressional approval before taking military action in Syria or elsewhere. Congressman Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced via Twitter on Monday that the letter had been sent to the White House.

Ironically Rep. Amash made the announcement just as Monday’s evening’s massive Israeli strike on Syria was underway, which resulted in a downed Russian surveillance plane carrying 14 troops amidst the confusion of missiles flying over the Mediterranean as it was hit by Syrian defense attempting to stave off the attack by Israel. 

While the Pentagon formally denied any US role in the strikes, it was an extremely dangerous situation with yet again the potential for serious escalation between Russia and the US and its allies. 

The letter was signed by a handful of Republicans including Thomas Massie, Mark Sanford, and…

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6 thoughts on “Congress Members Demand Trump Seek Approval Before Military Action In Syria

  1. From what I understand, Aunty, Russia and Turkey have signed an agreement creating a heavily armed demilitarized corridor to provide for the peaceful exit of all the civilians and terrorists over the next three months. Their agreement also provides for a removal of all heavy weaponry from the region and presumably a commitment that neither Russia nor Syria will engage in aerial bombardment. Hopefully they will be able to use diplomatic pressure to prevail on the US: https://stuartbramhall.wordpress.com/2018/09/17/news-pictures-putin-and-erdogan-agree-to-set-up-a-demilitarised-zone-in-idlib/

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    • You have a point, Alan. Technically Congress has the ability to cut off funding for any military action they don’t approve of. Historically, however, they have been too spineless to do so – mainly because they’re afraid their corporate benefactors will cut off their election funding.

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