Graham on Potential Syria Retaliation by Trump: 'He Has All the Authority He Needs'
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Thursday that President Trump has “all the authority he needs as commander-in-chief” to take military action against Syria without congressional support.
The president has shown mixed intentions regarding potential action following a chemical attack in Syria.
Last Saturday's attack killed dozens in a town near Damascus. The Assad regime has denied responsibility, but many believe it is behind the deadly strike.
Trump on Wednesday tweeted that Russia should “get ready” for a missile launch to Syria, but said Thursday that he never actually specified when an attack could take place.
He said any retaliation could happen “very soon or not so soon at all.”
Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
Never said when an attack on Syria would take place. Could be very soon or not so soon at all! In any event, the United States, under my Administration, has done a great job of ridding the region of ISIS. Where is our “Thank you America?”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2018
Graham also referenced the War Powers Act, which ensures that “the collective judgement of both the Congress and the President will apply to the introduction of the United States Armed Forces into hostilities.”
“I don’t think it’s worth the paper it’s written on,” he said.