It’s important that the Libyan people oust Col. Moammar Gadhafi themselves, Sen. Chuck SchumerCharles SchumerDemocrats urge Trump to condemn Charlottesville violence Melania Trump on Charlottesville protests: 'No good comes from violence' It's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him MORE (D-N.Y.) said Friday.

Schumer said the U.S. could be involved in getting rid of Gadhafi, but that it would be best if this were done by Libyans themselves.

“I think it's important that he be ousted from power and I think it'd be a lot better if his own people ousted him,” Schumer said on MSNBC.

Schumer’s comments come as the Obama administration faces criticism from Republicans in Congress over the goals for the Libyan campaign. In a letter to Obama, Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerIt's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him How Republicans can bring order out of the GOP's chaos Republican donor sues GOP for fraud over ObamaCare repeal failure MORE (R-Ohio) complained of a “sometimes contradictory” case for the war.

The administration has insisted that the military’s mission is to protect Libyan civilians, describing the campaign as an effort to prevent a humanitarian crisis. Yet the mission has also bombed Gadhafi’s compound, and officials have said U.S. policy is that Gadhafi should leave power. Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonAssange meets U.S. congressman, vows to prove Russia did not leak him documents High-ranking FBI official leaves Russia probe OPINION | Steve Bannon is Trump's indispensable man — don't sacrifice him to the critics MORE has said it would be difficult to have peace in Libya with Gadhafi around.

Schumer said that the U.S. has been succeeding in the goals it set in getting involved in Libya: offering humanitarian aid and disrupting “command and control lines of Gadhafi.”

Schumer described the mission as also to allow rebel forces in Libya to strengthen themselves and remove Gadhafi from power.