Did Trump Need Congressional Approval to Strike Syria?
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 529 , Segment 1
Episode: Approval to Strike Syria, Colonial Cryptography, Pet Food Myths
- Apr 11, 2017 11:00 pm
- 20:22 mins
Guest: Ryan Vogel, Director of Center for National Security Studies, Utah Valley University Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Moscow today where he is calling on Russia’s leaders to stop supporting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and help transition the dictator out of power in hopes of ending Syria’s Civil War. What’s not yet clear, is how far the US is willing to go toward ousting Assad. Until President Trump ordered the missile strike on a Syrian military airbase last week in retaliation for Assad’s chemical weapons attack on civilians, the US had not been directly involved in the Syrian Civil War. US military activity in Syria has been focused on fighting ISIS, not Assad. If President Trump decides to commit the US military to doing any more in the fight against Assad, a large – and bipartisan – group in Congress says he needs to get their approval first. He didn’t ask for permission to carry out the missile strike last week. And does he really need it when he’s the Commander-in-Chief?