Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) on Thursday attacked the Trump administration’s decision to launch an attack on a Syrian military airfield as “reckless and short-sighted.”
Gabbard’s comments came a few hours after Trump ordered an airstrike targeting a Syrian airfield in retaliation for this week’s chemical weapons attack that killed at least 100 civilians, including children.
“It angers and saddens me that President Trump has taken the advice of war hawks and escalated our illegal regime change war to overthrow the Syrian government,” she said in a statement. “This escalation is short-sighted and will lead to more dead civilians, more refugees, the strengthening of al-Qaeda and other terrorists, and a direct confrontation between the United States and Russia—which could lead to nuclear war.”
“This Administration has acted recklessly without care or consideration of the dire consequences of the United States attack on Syria without waiting for the collection of evidence from the scene of the chemical poisoning. If President Assad is indeed guilty of this horrible chemical attack on innocent civilians, I will be the first to call for his prosecution and execution by the International Criminal Court. However, because of our attack on Syria, this investigation may now not even be possible. And without such evidence, a successful prosecution will be much harder.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tweeted Thursday night that Donald Trump needs congressional authorization for military action in Syria.
“While we all condemn the atrocities in Syria, the United States was not attacked,” Paul said in a statement shortly after the U.S. had launched more than 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles against an airfield in Syria used to launch the chemical weapons attack.
“The President needs congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution, and I call on him to come to Congress for a proper debate,” Paul said. “Our prior interventions in this region have done nothing to make us safer, and Syria will be no different.”