As President Donald Trump ramped up threats against Syria and Russia early Wednesday in response to the Syrian government’s suspected use of chemical weapons on civilians over the weekend, peace advocates continued to discourage any action that would escalate the years-long conflict while American lawmakers warned that launching an attack without congressional approval would be unconstitutional.
While expressing concern about the alleged chemical attack, Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) co-chairs Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), along with CPC Peace & Security Taskforce chair Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), cautioned against the influence of warmonger John Bolton, Trump’s new national security adviser, and reminded the president that “any U.S. use of force must be authorized by Congress first, as required by the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution.”
“Syria’s civil war continues to be a complex regional conflict,” the CPC leaders noted, and it has become increasingly clear that U.S. military interventions will likely add to the mass suffering in Syria.”
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