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King: Obama doesn't need approval from Congress to strike Syria

King, who said he would support cruise missile strikes on Syria, sits on the House Homeland Security Committee and previously lead the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He’s also said he’s considering a run for the White House in 2016.

The administration has said it is consulting members of Congress about possible air strikes against Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by that country’s government.

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Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) spoke with officials at the White House about Syria on Monday. Earlier that day, a spokesman for Boehner had pressed the White House to “consult with Congress on the options he sees as a viable response.”

The White House came under criticism in 2011 for a lack of consultations with Congress on NATO military action against Libya.

King said cruise missiles would be the best option “as far as destroying the chemical weapons locations and also, as far as taking out command and control locations.”

He warned an alternative operation of sending in aircraft could be consequential and could put American lives at risk given Syria’s strong anti-aircraft framework.

King also criticized Obama for waiting too long to take action against Syria.

“If the president had taken action two years ago,” he said, “we would be a lot better off.”