GOP Senator Says Trump Violated The Constitution With Syrian Strike. ‘The U.S. Was Not Attacked’
Donald Trump has come under fire from left and right after recklessly ordering a missile strike on Syria in retaliation for the regime’s latest chemical attack on civilians.
In a series of tweets, Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) accused the President of violating the Constitution for not getting congressional approval before ordering the attack.
Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11 of the U.S. Constitution, which states, “The Congress shall have power to… declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water.”
The Kentucky senator went on to say that American intervention in the region has not made America safer, and Syria will be no different.
Paul has made similar comments prior to the events that led to Thursday’s strike in Syria:
“So […] if the president decides to do something in Syria, he would come to Congress and ask for a declaration of war,” Paul said on Fox News Radio’s “Kilmeade and Friends. “Short of Congress voting on it, I’m opposed to illegal and unconstitutional wars.”
As events in Syria continue to unfold, Trump’s decision to not consult Congress will certainly be a focus in the days to follow, and his own words will be enough to indict him.
Here’s what he tweeted when a similar situation occurred in 2013 during the Obama administration:
Trump’s going to regret those tweets.