Sanders Statement on US Missile Strike in Syria

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Top Democrats including Bernie Sanders and Tim Kaine have accused President Donald Trump of lacking the authority to bypass Congress and launch missiles at Syria. Bernie Sanders is scheduled to appear in Cleveland on May 1 at the Global Center for Health Innovation.

"We'll be traveling - and Tom will be traveling with me - to traditionally conservative states", Sanders, an independent progressive from Vermont, said.

Former Vice Presidential candidate and Virginia senator Tim Kaine also said on Sunday that the President should have sought approval from Congress. 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.

Sanders showed why Trump is going to be a very big anchor around the necks of the Republican Party in 2018 and beyond.

"The Trump administration must explain to the American people exactly what this military escalation in Syria is meant to achieve, and how it fits into the broader goal of a political solution, which is the only way Syria's devastating civil war ends".

"It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons", the President said from his Mar-a-Lago estate. "Let's get Congress involved in this debate". But, he added, "I would not vote for us getting involved militarily in another war in the Middle East".

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Welch said the same is true for the House of Representatives.

The U.S. attack comes after reports earlier in the week of chemical weapons being used against civilians in Khan Shaykhun, Syria. Sanders gave little indication of how he might vote on future air strikes.

Leahy, a Democrat, said Friday that USA military force should be used in self-defense or as part of a larger strategy in conjunction with 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.

He says the US must keep in mind that there are grave risks and unintended consequences in the use of military force.