The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Friday warned against a U.S. military solution to Syria's ongoing civil war after the Trump administration launched a missile strike on a military airfield in the country.

"There is no military solution here," Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinPPP application window closes after coronavirus talks deadlock  Congress eyes tighter restrictions on next round of small business help Senate passes extension of application deadline for PPP small-business loans MORE (D-Md.) said on CNN's "New Day." "You're not going to be able to bomb your way to peace in Syria. The Syrians must work out their problems; President [Bashar] Assad must be held accountable for his war crimes."

Any effort to end the war and hold Assad accountable for "war crimes," Cardin said, would have to come as a result of political negotiations.


Cardin also pushed President Trump to work with the international community to end the violence in Syria and insisted that the president go to Congress to get the necessary approval for the use of force in the embattled country.

"If he gives us a comprehensive way that we can bring this conflict to an end, I know that Congress is anxious to work with the president," he said.

The U.S. launched nearly 60 cruise missiles at an airfield early Friday morning, Syrian time, in response to a chemical attack allegedly carried out by the Assad administration in northern Syria that killed scores of civilians this week, according to The New York Times. 

While the missile strike drew general support from lawmakers, including Cardin, his comments on Friday morning echoed those of many others calling for caution in the use of force in Syria and urging the Trump administration to get congressional approval before carrying out any other attacks.

"The question is, what comes next? If he's going to continue to use force, he really needs to consult with Congress and tell us what authorization he would like to have on the use of force, and we'll consider that," Cardin said.

"But we need to do that in the broader context of what his Syrian policy is."