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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said President Trump has been left with a "total mess" in Syria by the inaction of former President Barack Obama against the Assad regime. 

"The honest answer is there's no good answer to Syria right now after eight years of Obama's broken red lines and weakness. We've seen Syria turned into a war zone that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of refugees [and] chemical weapons [use]," said Cruz on "America's Newsroom."

Cruz called on President Trump to make the case to Congress if he wants to launch further military action against Syria. 

The former presidential candidate said warned against "protracted military involvement" in Syria, as some in Congress would like to see.

He called Bashar al-Assad a "monster," but said it would be an even worse situation if his chemical weapons stockpiles fall into the hands of Islamic terrorist groups. 

"That's one of the really important reasons why Congress has the authority over declarations of war. To ask these questions, to make sure military action should be directly tied to the national security interest of America," said Cruz.

Watch the interview above.

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