White House: Trump Does Not Need Congressional Approval to Strike Syria

On Monday, the Trump administration issued a warning to the Syrian regime. If Syria conducted another chemical weapons attack, the regime would pay a heavy price, the White House said. It was a sign that President Trump intends to enforce the red line President Obama threatened Bashar al-Assad with in 2013, with or without, Congressional authorization.
When asked if the warning was indeed a red line, a National Security Council spokesperson told THE WEEKLY STANDARD, The White House made a specific statement about a specific possible event. That statement is consistent with our Syria policy and past actions. . . . The Assad regime knows what it is doing and the statement was meant for its leaders. Indeed, after the April 4 sarin gas attack (which has now been officially confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons), President Trump said that the attack cross[ed] many, many lines, beyond a red line. Many, many lines.

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