VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Condemns Trump Administration's Protection of Al-Qaeda in Syria

September 13, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today spoke on the House floor, calling on Congress to condemn the Trump Administration’s protection of al-Qaeda in Idlib, Syria.

Video of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s Speech is Available Here

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said:

“Two days ago, President Trump and Vice President Pence delivered solemn speeches about the attacks on 9/11, talking about how much they care about the victims of al-Qaeda’s attack on our country. But, they are now standing up to protect the 20,000 to 40,000 al-Qaeda and other jihadist forces in Syria, and threatening Russia, Syria, and Iran, with military force if they dare attack these terrorists.

“This is a betrayal of the American people, especially the victims of al-Qaeda’s attack on 9/11 and their families, first responders, and my brothers and sisters in uniform who have been killed or wounded in action and their families. For the President, who is Commander in Chief, to act as the protective big brother of al-Qaeda and other jihadists must be condemned by every Member of Congress.”

Background:

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is a leading voice for peace in Congress, advocating against counterproductive, regime-change wars. She has called for President Trump to work towards peace in Syria, and uphold the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution by obtaining the required authorization from Congress before ordering a military attack against Syria.

Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Walter Jones introduced H.Res 922, the No More Presidential Wars Resolution, that would reclaim Congress’s war powers authorities by:

  • Defining presidential wars not declared by Congress under Article I, section 8, clause 11 (Declare War Clause) as impeachable “high crimes and misdemeanors”
  • Prohibiting the President from perpetuating ongoing wars or supplying war materials, military troops, trainers, or advisers, military intelligence, financial support or their equivalent in association, cooperation, assistance, or common cause without first receiving congressional authorization

Earlier this year, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard questioned Secretary of Defense James Mattis on President Trump’s lack of authority to attack Syria without Congressional authorization. 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. Watch the full video here.

 

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