Democrats Commend Trump's Response to Syria...With Caveats

Posted: Apr 07, 2017 3:00 PM
Democrats Commend Trump's Response to Syria...With Caveats

Some Democrats are commending President Trump for giving the go ahead on retaliatory airstrikes on Syria after Tuesday's chemical attack, which killed nearly 100 people. 

“I think it was the right thing to do," Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said on Fox News Friday. 

Echoing those remarks, Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) said in a statement that the airstrikes sent a "clear and measured message" to the Bashar al-Assad regime (although she also blamed Trump in part for the tension because of his travel ban.)

You'll notice another caveat in Duckworth's statement. While she and some of her fellow Democrats approve of Trump's initial action, these lawmakers want Trump to seek congressional approval should he wish to take further military action in Syria. 

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"Going forward I think we should have an Authorization for Use of Military Force," Klobuchar noted. "If in fact there are going to be additional actions taken.” 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has asked Speaker Paul Ryan to interrupt their two-week recess to immediately begin debate on an AUMF.