Justin Amash

As U.S. attacks Syria, Congress looks on cautiously and hopes for a quick conclusion

As U.S. attacks Syria, Congress looks on cautiously and hopes for a quick conclusion

When President Obama considered launching airstrikes against Syria in August 2013 in retaliation for a nerve gas attack that killed hundreds of people, businessman Donald Trump strongly opposed U.S. intervention.

“We should stay the hell out of Syria,” he tweeted at the time. He later added, “The President must get Congressional approval before attacking Syria-big mistake if he does not!”

Obama never did order an attack. But as president, Trump now has ordered missile strikes twice against Syria — once last April and again Friday night — without any suggestion that he needs congressional approval. And many lawmakers on Capitol Hill seem content to leave it that...

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