#ICYMI: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Questions Defense Secretary Mattis on President Trump’s Lack of Authority to Attack Syria

April 13, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) questioned Secretary of Defense James Mattis yesterday on President Trump’s lack of authority to attack Syria without Congressional authorization. The congresswoman emphasized that President Trump must honor the U.S. Constitution and the War Powers Resolution, which require the President to consult and obtain Congressional authorization before launching military action when there is no direct threat to the United States. To date, Syria does not pose a direct threat to the United States, and Congress has not authorized the use of force or declared war against the Syrian Government.

 

Background:

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard wrote a letter to President Trump yesterday calling on him to work towards peace in Syria, instead of escalating the conflict and taking military action against the Syrian Government. Taking additional military action in Syria would expand and escalate the conflict, and likely result in additional civilian and military casualties, more refugees, and fewer resources to invest in rebuilding American communities. The congresswoman is also a signatory on a bipartisan letter that will soon be sent to President Trump urging him to uphold the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution by obtaining the required authorization from Congress before ordering a military attack against Syria.

 

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