Sanders calls on Trump to come to Congress over Syria strikes

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersThe media couldn't be more blatant in distorting Trump's words on Charlottesville Road to renewable energy is filled with potholes of ‘magic thinking’ Bernie Sanders: Trump’s Charlottesville comments ‘embarrassing’ MORE (I-Vt.) on Sunday said President Trump did not have the authority to launch missile strikes on the Syrian regime and called on the president to seek approval from Congress before any other actions.

“I think he has got to come to the United States Congress. I think he has got to explain to us what his long-term goals are,” Sanders told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Trump last week ordered the U.S. military to conduct missile strikes on a Syrian airfield believed to be the launching point of a chemical weapons attack that killed at least 70 civilians. The United States has placed blame for the attack on Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have since called on Trump to seek congressional approval before future military action.

“Our goal long-term has got to work with countries around the world. We cannot do it unilaterally,” Sanders said on Sunday. 

“We’ve got to work with countries around the world for a political solution to get rid of this guy to finally bring peace and stability to this country that has been so decimated,” he said, referring to Assad.

Sen. Tim KaineTim Kaine Violent white nationalist protests prompt state of emergency in Virginia Republicans will get their comeuppance in New Jersey, Virginia Spicer signs deal with top TV lawyer: report MORE (D-Va.), who in 2013 voted for limited strikes on the Assad regime after a chemical attack at the time, also called on Trump to seek approval from Congress during a Sunday appearance on NBC. 

“We are a nation where you’re not supposed to initiate military action, start war, without a plan that’s presented to and approved by congress,” Kaine told “Meet the Press.”